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Monday, November 19, 2012

Packed, Cozy, Distinctive November Beacon Bards Reading Features Agodon & Spaulding-Convy

Kelli Russell Agodon 
Riveted Crowd
Annette Spaulding-Convy 

It was another laughter-filled and high-sigh quality night of poetry on Beacon Hill when Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy took the podium for the 3rd monthly reading in the newly formed Beacon Bards poetry reading series featuring (mostly) Seattle-area poets. I was especially pleased because Kelli read her poem about black bras that behave very similarly to black holes, and delighted because I heard for the first time poems by Annette about some of the 333 titles for the Virgin Mary, as well as a funny story having to do with one particular nun and her undergarments.

There were many fine moments in this night of singing words, wine, women, men, and a very receptive audience, including an open mic-er's memorable recitation of a love poem by Hafiz, and another open mic-er's moving verse about his deceased father. I found myself wishing the open mic would not end, which says a lot about the great poetry to be found in Seattle, not to mention a small neighborhood up on a hill which has been historically culturally neglected when it comes to the literary arts. But no more!

Next month we welcome Kary Wayson and Melanie Noel to the humble yet steadfast podium (which is actually a music stand). Please, if you venture out to see them, plan on arriving prior to 7 pm to both make it there in time for happy hour prices and secure yourself a seat. If you don't, you might end up on a folding chair or worse, plastered to the back wall. We also hope you'll stay for the open mic that follows. You won't be disappointed.

Beacon Bards
Sponsored by RockIt Arts
2nd Wednesday of the Month, 7 pm
The Station Cafe on Seattle's Beacon Hill
2533 16th Ave S.

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