Poets in their natural habitat: bookstores! Here is the first of the video clips I’ve been able to edit from the Midtown Scholar bookstore. This event was later the same day as our Capitol readings in Harrisburg. After the stress of the professional camera, the meeting of the governor’s wife, who was very classy, smart and friendly, by the way, and the formal hullabaloo.
Hopefully the PCN cameras caught a bit of the crowd of kids who were a temporary audience, as they were in the Capitol building for the “Senator for a Day” program. That PCN airing is supposed to be this Saturday afternoon, by the way. I’ll dig up the info for you again later or you can check out the previous post if you care to try tuning in.
But as usual, I digress. This was the more casual atmosphere. Poets always feel more cozy in a bookstore or library it seems. But wow, what a bookstore! Multiple floors, halls and tunnels, two stages and a huge coffee bar. Hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, and encouraged by an awesome store owner, we had a great time. This first clip includes Jack Veassey with a poem about living near the new warning siren after the Three Mile Island incident, and Jerry Wemple reading “Awl Street,” about being a kid selling door-to-door in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.
There will be a few more videos to follow this one, but some parts had interference in the form of static on the camera, plus some moments were too quiet, and others full of distractions, people stepping in front of the camera, the tripod being knocked over when a kind gentleman, who was exceedingly apologetic, reached for his coffee cup, things like that. So the entire podcast can be heard by clicking right here.
- Poetry at the Pennsylvania Capitol (dadpoet.wordpress.com)
- Capitol Poets’ Conclusion, Featuring Marjorie Maddox and Jerry Wemple (dadpoet.wordpress.com)
- Capitol Readings, the Midtown Scholar and Catching Up (dadpoet.wordpress.com)
- Pennsylvania Poets Gather to Read Poems at the State Capitol | witf.org (dadpoet.wordpress.com)
- David Reads at the Pennsylvania State Capitol (dadpoet.wordpress.com)