Monday, June 24, 2013

Alex M. Frankel at Village Poets Reading in Bolton Hall


The highly inspiring reading by Alex M. Frankel on June 23, 2013. Alex read selections from his book My Father's Lady, Wearing Black, and a series of contemporary limericks that will appear in the next book.

Our star poet had lots of good company in open mike readers, to mention only: Judith Terzi, Beverly M. Collins, Mari Werner, Pam Shea, Lalo Kikiriki, Lois P. Jones, Debra P Kolodji, Kathabela and Rick Wilson, and Marlene Hitt with Dorothy Skiles. Joe DeCenzo served as a gracious host.

The First Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, Marlene Hitt celebrated her birthday on that day and read, among other pieces, a poem about number seven, of special significance today. The joint reading of Dorothy and Marlene was based on their book written as a poetic dialogue.

Kathabela's dialogue with Alex M. Frankel took the form of a poem about fathers (with an accompaniment on a Native American flute) and a special congratulation card for the distinguished poet of the day. The afternoon was filled with poems of many types and moods.

Our next meetings will be at the Fourth of July Parade (along the Foothill Blvd. down to Sunland Park), starting at 10 a.m. and at the next Village Poets Reading on July 28, featuring Beverly M. Collins and Mina Kirby.  A full announcement about this event will be posted soon. Below are some more photos from the Frankel event, starting from Henry Brant's antique music stand, featured in a poem by Maja Trochimczyk. Brant, a noted California composer (1913-2008) has his Centenary Year with fewer events that his talent merits. More information and The Music Stand poem are on