Last night’s Featured Reader David Purdy claims his work is “eclectic.” Perhaps. But there is definitely a romantic thread well woven deep through his work. In one of his untitled poems, he writes “… she calls me sunshine, I’m more like the moon’s dark side… lucky me she has enough for two.” Purdy wrote lovingly, sensually about his fountain pen; his poem “Rock Doves”, witty and caring, compares village life of these birds to city dweller rock doves, concentrating with keen eye on the flight and beauty of one female rock dove “…shy, keen of foot.” In his other poems Purdy catches metaphorical glimpses of nature and weather, his trip to Ireland, and touching tribute to his sister “My Sister Alice” and another dedicated to his daughter Alice. Rhymes, internal and end, metered, Purdy offered a good solid read.
The Open Mic portion brought out some fine work as well: Frank Judge’s “Will You Write Me a Poem”; Buffalo poet Dr. Scott Williams read his clever and meaningful haiku and senryu; Maril Nowak read a fun “golden shovel” poem; Robert McDonough read a beauty: “My Mother Changing My Father’s Dressing”; Dr. Phillip Sterling, professor and well published poet in the area giving readings at local universities, read from his new book And Then Snow; Jennifer Maloney moved the audience with her insightful poems “Boys” and “Maplewood”; Bill Pruitt held the group with his call-to-action bellwether poem warning all to get involved politically. Just Poets President Bart White wrapped up the open mic and evening reading a poem, “Gravity” from MJ Iuppa’s newest book; The Thirst. White finished by reading “History Lesson” from JP member Leah Zazulyer’s book, Alone as a Stone.
Next Month, May 9th, Just Poets featured reader; Mary Hood. Thanks to Ken Kelbaugh and his bookstore Before Your Quiet Eyes for the great hospitality.
Review by David Delaney