The summer has sped by, and I find myself playing catch-up with this post about my joint poetry reading with Carol Jennings on July 10 at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. The reading went well, although on a smaller scale than our joint May 22 reading at Politics and Prose, which attracted a standing-room-only crowd. Carol and I read from our books to an audience of about thirty people who listened closely, as audiences at poetry readings usually do. Carol read several of her poems first, then I read five of mine, three of which I had read in May, “Visiting Saint-Sulpice,” “Tribute,” and “Food for a Journey,” and two I had not read publicly before, “Metaphor” and “Gun Return.”
One of the rewarding features of poetry readings is that often people whom you don’t know come up to you afterwards to talk about poetry in general and your poetry in particular. That happened to me with two different people after the Writer’s Center reading. I was grateful for their interest. I am grateful as well to Sunil Freeman, the assistant director of the Writer’s Center, who arranged the joint reading and seemed very pleased with the way it worked out.