>IN THIS PLACE OF LIGHT & SOUND : An Ode To The Readings At The QE2

Before there was poetry there were poets …

The Troy Poetry Mission Troy NY


Photo By Poet & Activist Dan Wilcox



“This is my religion, this is my church
And nothing else matters”


They are the ghosts of poets
Which rain down upon the future
But that live within the past,

The signs which say “We Lived”

Go back to the beginning
Go back to that place,

Where the voices of
Memories take the stage.

I see Tom walking in
With the sign up sheet,

And over there
Pat Covert waiting,
Smoke in his mouth
Making some wise-cracking
Remark to some frightened kid,

Reading…for the first time.

And in front
Dan is taking pictures
And passing out fliers
Still talking about “Peace”

And now there’s Mary, Tess,
Don & Steve. Making fun of some
Guy in a polyester suit &
With a long Whitman beard


But we’re all still here
And all for…

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