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Dan Wilcox
Poet & Peace Activist
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<i>Albany Poets Presents</i>: Mike Jurkovic, February 15
This was held at the Restaurant Navona on New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY. Before I go to these events I like to find out when I first saw the poet who is the subject of this showcase/reading series. The easiest way to do this is to go through the photos in ...

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<i>Gloucester Writers Center Open Mic</i>, February 6
I like to treat myself to a couple days on Cape Ann for my birthday, which is January 26. This year I decided to wait a week so that I could attend the Open Mic at the Gloucester Writers Center held on the first Monday of each month. I have been to a coup...

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<i>Caffè Lena Poetry Open Mic</i>, February 1
Last month’s open mic was the first one back in the new, refurbished historical Caffè Lena, but I didn’t make it up to Saratoga Springs then. So it was my first time to see the changes.  No more narrow, treacherous staircase entry between 2 storefronts, the...

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<i>Poets Speak Loud! — The Tom Nattell Memorial Open Mic</i>, January 30
The last Monday in January is always a special — & busy — night. It is the night that we celebrate the memory of Tom Nattell , Albany poet & peace/environmental/social justice activist. Tom died on the morning of January 31, 2005 & had been scheduled to rea...

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Book Launch: <i>A Chill in the Air</i>, poems by Howard J. Kogan
This was a one-time event created by the esteemed & venerable Dennis Sullivan as a celebration in honor of Howard Kogan ’s new book of poems, A Chill in the Air (Square Circle Press). But before Howard read, Dennis said we would have an open mic run like a...

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BIRTHDAY POEM 2017
(for Willy & Jean Dugan) The cutest peace-sign ever in my phone’s inbox: a dark-braided niña in a flowered dress a shy smile behind her 2 raised fingers in a peace sign we all know so well across mountains & oceans, not knowing each other’s language or name...

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<i>Third Thursday Poetry Night</i>, January 19
The first of the new year’s third Thursdays meant we were back at the Social Justice Center for the open mic & a reading by novelist Harvey Havel . & we still hadn’t gotten caught up with the dead poets of 2016. Brooklyn-born Irish poet John Montague went...

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<i>Albany Poets Presents: Don Levy</i>, January 18
Don Levy, May, 1988, QE2, Albany, NY This long-awaited event at the Restaurant Navona had been delayed due to the end-of-the-year holidays but here we were to listen to & to interrogate long-time Albany poet, Don Levy . I had first met Don at the monthly o...

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WHEN DONALD TRUMP FARTS
“ This Donald anon leet fle a fart. As greet as it had been a thonder-dent… ” — from “The Miller’s Tale“ by Geoffrey Chaucer When Donald Trump farts it is like he is delivering a message of Freedom to the oppressed of the Aleutian Islands When he farts in ...

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<i>2nd Sunday @ 2 — Poetry + Prose</i>, January 8
The first of the new year of poetry back at the Arts Center in Troy, but my co-host, Nancy Klepsch , on sick-leave, so I had to go it on my own. A great afternoon of poetry with regular readers & returning old-timers. Dianne Sefcik started us off with a po...
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