The 16th annual West Chester University Poetry Conference concluded last night with a roast of retiring director Mike Peich (who knew David Mason had such skills as a rapper or that David Yezzi could easily get work in a comedy club?).
The more serious conclusion took place between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., when Natalie Merchant turned in a very fine concert of songs from her new album Leave Your Sleep. Laura has video of the conservation Mike and Dana Gioia had with Natalie yesterday afternoon, and also video of an encounter -- there is no beter word -- with Russell Goings about Russ's epic griotsong, The Children of Children Keep Coming.
It will all be posted in good time.