September 18th, 2006

Egrets Reading

Poetry Reading

On Saturday evening, the Southern California Haiku Study Group hosted a poetry reading featuring Amy Uyematsu at the Asian Heritage Festival at the Queen Mary. At first it appeared it was going to be a disaster. We were scheduled opposite the Taiko drummers and the $21 cost of admittance to the festival scared away a lot of prospective attendees. It turned out the $21 also included entrance to the Queen Mary, but I didn't know that when I was trying to advertise the reading on the Poetix calendar and on the SocalPoetryAnnounce e-mail list. I also completely forgot what I was going to say about Amy to introduce her so she introduced herself.

But the odd thing about poetry is that if you have the right people together, you don't need a huge crowd to have a nice reading. There was just something about the sunset, the row of pelicans on the anchor line of the Queen Mary, and the ship itself combined with the poetry being read that made it a very special moment of poetry. It turned out to be one of the highlights of my day.

Amy read a selection of her poetry, followed by Albert Kung and Vic Gendrano. Vic transitioned the program into haiku. Then, I read a selection of haiku by Chiyo-Ni (from early 18th Century Japan) and five of my own haiku. Tre, a poet from G. Murray Thomas's Tuesday night reading at Marina Pacifica, followed me at the mic with a mainstream poem. Linda Galloway and Nardin Gottfried finished up the reading with more haiku. We had an additional 10-12 people in the audience, including SFPA member Kendall Evans. There were several poet friends of Amy's there but I didn't catch their names.



Victor P. Gendrano, Amy Uyematsu, Deborah P Kolodji,
Linda Galloway, Nardin Gottfried, Albert Kung