The title poem for the latter is online. It was a wonderful afternoon of poetry, although I was disappointed that none of his books were available for purchase. I would have bought at least one - I enjoyed his reading that much.
An open mic followed but Wendy and I didn't participate. I've never seen a venue charge poets to read at the open mic before. I don't always get paid for the readings I do, although I have on occasion. But the idea of paying someone so I can read a poem bothers me a lot.
I would have gladly spent $25 for a copy of Usher, but $6 to read my own poem? No.
After I left Wendy's house, I walked around nearby Bolsa Chica and watched the pelicans...the perfect way to end the day.
a fish jumps
in sunset-splashed wetlands...
the pelican sees it, too