September 22nd, 2006

Egrets Reading

Phosphorescent Hand Stamps...

Last night, I went to a new (to me) poetry reading on the west side of town. It's called "A Horse of Another Color" and is hosted by Peggy Dobreer. It was in the outdoor back patio at Venice Grind Coffee on Venice Blvd near Centinela in West LA. Regina Higgins, a regular from Monday Night Poetry was one of the features. I always enjoy listening to Regina read, she has great delivery and expression and sometimes even sings to accompany her poems. She can make almost anything sound sexy. I envy her that.

The other feature was Paul Koenig, whose poetry was mostly very, very short and very, very quirky so naturally I enjoyed him immensely. He read a piece called Return Admission which ends most marvelously with

And at the end of the day,
we kissed like phosphorescent hand stamps
so we could always come back
like nobody ever does.

-- Paul Koenig

Koenig described his own poetry as "noir surrealism" and truthfully some of it would have fit quite nicely in many of the genre poetry journals I frequent. Unfortunately, he slipped away into the night before I could speak to him about the SFPA but maybe I'll see him again some place.