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for the tavern (an ode)

May 22, 2010

I started working on this poem yesterday afternoon. As this is posting to the blog, I hope to be reading it at an art and poetry-based fundraiser to rebuild the place many poets, artists and musicians call home. Our Tess’ Lark Tavern is out of commission at the moment due to a fire on May 6, but we hope to support Tess and the staff as they bring this important establishment back to Albany.

The reading — organized by the Albany Poets — is at the Marketplace Gallery, which you should know also rebuilt after a devastating fire. Tess was right there last year to raise money to help the gallery. And now the gallery and artists, poets and musicians are helping her.

Photo credit: Keith Spencer (on the Poets Speak Loud event the week before the fire)


Here’s the first draft of an ode for the tavern:


  1. May 23, 2010 9:04 am

    A wonderful ode, which I am sure entranced the gathering. Beautifully done shaft. xxoo (Love the pictures of you and Jill. Love them.)

  2. May 23, 2010 9:09 am

    thanks, deb! the gathering was a little too rowdy. this poet chick did not stand a chance at entrancing them. maybe i’ll have better luck tomorrow night: going to read it again (this time at the monthly event we usually have at the tavern; temporarily relocated).

  3. May 23, 2010 7:17 pm

    Don’t believe her, Deb. Carolee entranced many of us, and everyone who was listening dug the Lark poem. Me included.

  4. Lee Pursewarden permalink
    May 23, 2010 7:51 pm

    I’m entranced by a burned down tavern named after a bird rising from ashes like a phoenix, & I like the the images of the people there. Kissing until the sun comes up is nice too. Would love to hear you read it.

  5. May 27, 2010 10:59 am

    What a great picture of you & Jill! And I love the poem, & the cameos you both make! Hope your audience also appreciated it.

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