|The lovely women I read to and talk with Thursday, January 13th|
Above are some of the beautiful people who attended my reading at their retirement and assisted living residence. My best friend from high school is a social worker here and I visit every so often to talk about poetry, writing, publication, and read some poems.
We classed it up a bit this time with wine (or white grape juice) and cheese, and the ladies were thrilled.
I always hope for audience participation as this generation knows a thing or two about poetry and many have memorized poems (one woman came up to the mic to share what she remembered from grade school). And honestly, I am never disappointed with the humor and opinions from this group.
These ladies have the best stories and my favorite comment was from a delightful woman who said, "We had Carl Sandburg come to our school and he looked like a hobo, but when he recited 'Chicago,' we all wanted to become poets."
I tell you, that comment completed made my day.
Coming up in next couple of weeks, an interview with Jeannine Hall Gailey on micropresses and other ways to publish your mss.
See you next week!