for the tavern (an ode)
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:
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