Thursday, July 22, 2010

Yesterday evenings news

All in all, a very nice evening although it was a little too long for my taste. The poets who perform last have the problem of trying to keep people's attention.

The weather cooperated and it was a lovely day and evening so what more could anybody wish for?

Last, but not least, Jeff Seffinga.
Ken and Ron - Kitchen Music

Ellen Jaffe, reading from her wonderful poetry.
David Haskins, reading from his short story. I liked this story as it was a true to life situation for people dealing with extreme disabilities. In my view, stories like this should be told so that people will come to understand that there is always somebody else with as difficult or even more difficult problems to overcome than they have. All human life is of value. I worked for about four years with people with Downs Syndrome and other related disabilities and this was a real eye opener for me. I was a volunteer there and I am so grateful to have had this experience.

Well done David!

John B. Lee - poet. I really enjoyed his work as it was down to earth and he spoke of some weighty matters in it. I particularly enjoyed the poem about men who go to Thailand to have carnal relationships with young children. More needs to be written about that so that people will become more aware of this situation and work for change.
The first set consisted of the readers below. I was very pleased to see that James had taken my suggestion that I e-mailed him quite a while ago to have some music in between. I feel that it livens things up a little and people need to give their brains a rest so that they can enjoy the other poets work.

A performance poet - OmahaRisinG
Chris Pannell reading from his work.

James Deahl - Master of Ceremonies.
There don't seem to be enough hours in my day to get everything done that I would like to do!

Yesterday went by in a fast and my evening ended at 11 p.m. which is late for an early bird like me.

However, it was worth it as each performer did well at the Artshare event at ArtWord/Artbar on Colbourne Street here in Hamilton, Ontario.