Margaret Rozga from Milwaukee and Stephan Mazurek from Chicago. We are grateful that they were able to make the trek up to Sheboygan. You can view a gallery of photos of many readers, whether ghosts or otherwise, taken by Signe on our Facebook page.
Our afternoon ended with a poetry piñata, an idea brought to us and facilitated by friend, ghost reader, and poet-in-her-own-right, Leighanne Fetter-Jensen. She told me before the reading that she had an "experiential" poetry activity to share, and while I did not know exactly what she had in mind, I said,"bring it on!" Imagine my surprise when she walked into Paradigm with a "My Pretty Pony" piñata filled with candy and words cut from political flyers. With Karl Elder's help and the permission of the management of Paradigm, we hung the piñata from the rafters and had at it with a stick. Big fun.
After poet Amy Kumrow dealt a blow in just the right place, we ate candy and made found poems with the words. It was a blast and nice way to wrap up not only this particular reading on that particular afternoon, but also a good end to this whole season of political rhetoric that has been driving us all nuts. May we all find more poetry inside everything we do, preferably without breaking anything to get to it, and may we all be moved to share it with each other while we are still not yet ghosts.