My friend C. came to town to participate in an open poetry reading and I got to accompany her. The location was the restaurant Shut Up and Eat. I had a very good fried egg sandwich on a biscuit and settled back to hear some poetry.
David Cooke came to read his poems and also show his poetry boxes he has for sale. He also read the poem “the New Colossus,” a poem which I have memorized. For unknown reasons, he left off the last line.
I had this guy pegged as a poet even when he was standing in line for food. He had the bulging notebook and taut mannerisms that pointed to a lot of thoughtful writing time. Before everyone got started, he flipped through his notebook, reading this and that. He also knew David Cooke left off the last line of “the New Colossus.” What he did not do was read any poetry aloud. Odd.
My friend’s poem went over well, and I enjoyed it. I also enjoyed several other poems read aloud. It was a great way to spend an evening.