December 15th, 2005

Egrets Reading

Local Poetry

As a way of fighting the "empty nest syndrome" ever since my youngest went off to college, I've been attending more local poetry events.

Last Monday night, I attended Moonday, a reading in the Pacific Palisades which featured Lois P Jones and Peter Ludwin. I had "met" Jones through Wild Poetry Forum, an internet site I frequent when I'm in the mood for non-haiku, non-genre mainstream poetry. Lisa Janice Cohen, my webmaster at Amaze, is a moderator there, as is also Lois Jones.

Jones opened her reading with a poem by Rilke, her favorite poet, an influence on her work. Jones'poems were lush, complex, and spellbinding. I was riveted.

Ludwin's poems were full of the American Southwest and also appealed to my personal taste. In general, the quality of the poetry read, both from the featured poets and the open readers, was a cut above the quality of the poetry I've experienced at other venues. There was none of the college coed angst or poetry slam-style so prevalent at some of the other readings. I loved the setting in Village Books - it was intimate and cozy, the only negative in my mind was the traffic trying to get there (going from my job in the City of Industry to Pacific Palisades at that time of day is insane) and the lack of parking nearby.

The next Moonday Poetry reading will be on Monday, January 9, 2006 at 7:30 pm at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave (off Sunset Blvd), Pacific Palisades, California. For more information about Moonday Poetry readings, contact Alice Pero at pero@earthlink.net.