Last night at Open Mic at RiverRead Books, my poet-friend Merrill Oliver Douglas read a new poem that she had written after visiting the Corning Museum of Glass.
I read “Thanks to the Department of Public Art” which also mentions glass. “Broken shards of glass and lives…”
I had especially wanted to read this poem at RiverRead because it is located amidst the public art in Binghamton to which the poem refers.
The very sad thing is that this was the last Open Mic at RiverRead. It will close at the end of the month, going the way of many independent bookstores.
So, we celebrated books and poetry and the bookstore together one last time.
We know we will continue to celebrate books and poetry. Just not in this place. And not in a bookstore, as there isn’t another independent bookstore available in our community.
Note: If you visit the link above, you can see RiverRead in the background on the left side of the photograph.
It’s another double dip, Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January! Linda’s prompt this week is “glass”. Join us! Find out how here: https://lindaghill.com/2017/01/20/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-and-jusjojan-jan-2117/