A new poetry series run by local poet and Daemen College English professor Peter Seidlecki will host its third edition tonight with a reading by poets Perry Nicholas and Geoffrey Gatza. The reading will take place inside the college's new Research & Information Commons building (known as the RIC), 4380 Main St. in Amherst, at 7:30 tonight.
Nicholas is one of Western New York's most popular poets, and his work has been frequently featured on The News' Poetry Page. Among many other honors and publications, Nicholas received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2008 for his work as a professor of English at Erie Community College.
Gatza (interviewed here in Jane Kwiatkowski's PeopleTalk feature), is another big player on Western New York's poetry scene, serving as the publisher of BlazeVOX books and as an accomplished poet in his own right. He'll read from his recently published book "Secrets of My Prison House," as well as new poems. Here's one of Gatza's poems, the first from his recent collection:
The Sandra Bullock Story that Stunned us All
At the height of all this
The fears turned to joy
Maybe in another lifetime
We can have beads on our birthday
I may be old but I am not dead
I am staying alive
In the golden crayon of choice
As simple as designing new waste
I hear babies cry
You can safely say
The crowd goes wild
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