Eight poets in residence and two in temporary absentia charmed an audience of more than fifty individuals this past Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Cedar Key Library. The writers delightfully provoked emotions that ran the gamut from overt laughter, muffled chuckles, remembered romantic, risqué trysts, sweet remembrances of those passed, to political satire and lampoon.
The Cedar Key Poets group began some twenty years ago with three individuals, Hedy Havel and Evelyn and Graham Duncan, according to poet Nan McMillan, moderator for the event. McMillan expressed her thanks for their continued, compassionate, constant tutelage. She further thanked the Friends of the Library, Liberian Molly Jubitz, and Photographer Rory Brennan for their time and talents.
The two Duncans were not in attendance, but their submissions were read by fellow poets. Wonderfully enjoyed pieces were many. McMillan’s poem titled “My Laptop” reminded those who want and need to write that the haunting blank face awaits them. Mandy Davis recalled thoughts of the West from where she came. Jim Hoy’s humorous political lampoon about Cedar Key current State Representative to United States Congress generated chuckles. Ginnah Howard read from her new novel, the third of a set. Teri Brennan’s “fabulous dramatic delivery,” as described by McMillan, recalled classics themes and one immensely personal event. Libby Cagle records her close attention to nature and captures it in poetry. Jackie Johnson’s “To Yearn Is Human” captured the audience. Hedy Havel recalled poignantly working on the water when a storm nearly overtook them. A most enjoyable evening was had by all.