Last night an interesting swath of diverse Gloucester folk were invited to recite their favorite poem at the Sawyer Free Library. I happened to be one of those people invited to read. Instead of reading someone else’s poem I decided it would be a good idea to work on my own after our good FOB Deb Clarke suggested the idea. With a little help from Snoop Maddie Mad and The Bean we put together a little something.
I’m not sure why I get so goddamn emotional when I speak about G-Town. Not sure if you can tell from the video but I was pretty much a wreck. It probably had something to do with not wanting to do a disservice to the city I love or the blog for which I’m obviously insanely passionate about but I sort of get overwhelmed at times when I speak about them.
Anyway I’d like to thank the Sawyer Free Library Lyceum and host Rufus Collinson for inviting me. I’d like to thank my great poetry contributors Snoop Maddie Mad and The Bean, and I’d like to thank everyone who came out for the event including our very own E.J.
Written and Read For The Sawyer Free Library Lyceum Sponsored Program- Gloucester Reads Poetry
Look for many of the other invited readers’ videos as the week goes on, I know the camera ran out of memory about half way through so I didn’t get to capture everyone unfortunately.
GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER
Good Morning Gloucester, Open Your Eyes
What Do You See?
Gloucester At Dawn, Fishing Boats Heading To Sea
Working Boats- Lobster Boats- Gillnetters, Draggers and Seiners
Marine Industrial Flowers- Rocky Neck Flowerboxes- Thorny Rosa Rugosa, Fragrant and Colorful Along The Rocky Back Shore
The Sound Of The Dory Oars Clacking Away As The International Dory Boat Racers Practice Before Work
Beautiful Industry Comes Alive- The Fishhouses Hum- The Trucks Bring Our Seafood Harvest To Market
The Herring Boats Pump- The Gulls Fight For The Scraps
As Morning Comes The Community Gathers To Fuel Up At The Lone Gull, The Pleasant St Tea Company and Cape Ann Coffee- “Hey Joe, How Ya Been?”
Planners Start Planning- Doers Start Doing- Road Races – Block Parties- The Fiesta- The Horribles Parade- The Schooner Festival- The Lanesville Parade- Art Haven- Art Coloniy- seART- Nights On The Neck- The Sidewalk Bazaar- The Farmers Market- The Fish Box Derby -The Middle Street Walk- Celebrate Gloucester- Harbor Loop Concerts – The Lobster Trap Tree- A Sheer Embarrassment Of Cultural Events That Bedroom Communities Can Only Envy
Writing Gloucester- Painting Gloucester- Singing Gloucester-Eating Gloucester- Breathing Gloucester
All That Doing’s Got Me Hungry Joe
No Worries- We Can Always Pop Into Virgilio’s for A Nice St Joseph’s Sandwich, or What The Hell A Slice O’ Pizza At 9AM at Sclafaini’s
Let’s Take A Ride Shall We? A Quickie – Spin The Beach By The Footbridge First and Then Head Round East Gloucester (God’s Country, Don’t You Know?) First The Back Shore, Farrington Ave Past Niles Beach Down East Main and Back To The Dock
Offload Those Lobster Boats Joe- Get ‘Em In Get ‘Em Out and Get Paid, Ain’t That The Way?
Well Works All Done Kid, Dusk Is Settin’ In.
Time To Head Home To The Bean and Snoop Maddie Mad
A Quick Ride Down Main St To Check On My Peeps and Give A Wave- “What Up Homie?”
Down Past The Man at The Wheel and Look Out To Dogbar-
Sun’s Settin’ Joe
Good Evening Gloucester
Here is a picture courtesty Sawyer Free Library of the readers for the event-