PSC Sep. 2019: Favorite Poems


Twelve Santa Cruzans, including two Poetry Santa Cruz board members, each read one or two of their favorite poems for an appreciative audience. The event has held on September 10, at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Here’s a list of readers and poems:

  1. Poetry, by Pablo Neruda. Read by Dane Cervine.
  2. Negro Women by James Grandison, and Rain Music by James Cotter Jr. Read by Jennifer Baszile.
  3. The Stolen Child by W.B. Yeats. Read by Ryan Coonerty.
  4. Bilingual Love Poem, and Litany for the Tomato, by Jose Antonio Burciaga. Read by Antonia Franco.
  5. Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll. Recited by John Govsky.
  6. Summer Day by Mary Oliver, and The Mechanic by Diane Wakoski. Read by Laurel Maxwell.
  7. Eve On The Hill by Mihai Eminesco. Read by Monica Nofal.
  8. I Am Offering this Poem, and A Desire, by Jimmy Santiago Baca. Read by Carlos Palacios.
  9. Kindness, and Gate 4A, by Naomi Shihab Nye. Read by Bob Stahl.
  10. I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey’s Version of ‘Three Blind Mice’, by Billy Collins, and an unpublished poem by Mr. Thaler’s father. Read by Shmuel Thaler.
  11. The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus. Read by Ellen Timberlake.
  12. A Blessing, by James Wright, and Traveling Through the Dark, by William Stafford. Read by Dennis Morton.