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spacer.gif   MOLLY MALONE'S THROWS A SHIN DIG
Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 04:00 PM
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Molly Malones In Oak ParkBob Chico ChicoineOn Monday, July 12, 2004, a group of extremely talented poets gathered at Molly Malone's Irish Pub, 7652 Madison Street in Forest Park, for a spoken-word shin-dig. Nina Corwin (with an especially delightful glow about her) and Al DeGenova (who recently returned to Chicago from a series of trips, including one to Germany) hosted the evening; they have a habit of hosting this poetry shin-dig on the 2nd Monday of every month. The microphone was opened up to a variety of artists, including Bonnie Summers, who started the evening off with a poem so short that she read it twice. Ruan Wright, who is one of the features in the upcoming Chicago Poetry Fest, read an anti-list poem, and Susan Messer read a "brooding interior piece." One of the high points of the evening was Patty MicMillan's poem about suicide, which was an "address to Spaulding Gray." Patrick Brown mixed things up with a serious poem about land mines, followed by a hilarious poem about attempting to file taxes on the internet. Larry Janowski proved he is not one of those stage hogging poets who always does the same three poems everywhere he goes (you know the type). Janowski read some fresh stuff I haven't heard before. He startled us with his imagery in a piece about the beautiful flowers among the weeds next to the highway, and then gave us a taste of the whimsical with his piece about enjoying Barry Manilow songs.

After the open mic. there was a break, during which even more poets showed up, specifically to hear the feature. One of these late arrivals was none-other than father of the Poetry Slam Marc Smith himself. It was really refreshing to see Smith come out to support this grassroots poetry shin-dig. The feature for the evening was Bob "Chico" Chicoine, who honored the 25th anniversary of The Disco Demolition (you might recall they blew up a pile of disco records at Comiskey Park), by reading some baseball poems, including a character study about Bob "the smiling beer vendor." Though much of his work leaned toward the lighter side, such as his gut aching Bukowski haikus, or his marriage poems, Chicoine also demonstrated a more somber side with a war poem. Venue hosts, prick up your ears--Chicoine's set was tight and it was a delight.

Next month Molly Malone's will feature Brenda Cardenas. Hmmm. Now that sounds hot. Oh yeah, Molly Malone's co-host Nina Corwin wants me to be a nice guy and remind everyone to come out to see Lisa Buscani during her Word Gourmet show at Guild Complex on Wednesday, July 28. And you guys know what a nice guy I am.

--C. J. Laity


 
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