“Now tell me what’s real and what’s not real in this poem,” said Julia Connor at one point in her Tuesday, December 11 reading at Cosumnes River College. Her statement was a response to a question from the audience about whether or not one of her poems was real, and she explained that, indeed, poetry is always real, although it may contain the unreal, but then, “what’s the unreal”?
Julia Connor is the Sacramento Poet Laureate. Her reading at Cosumnes River College was part of the college’s Fall 2007 Poetry Series, which ends tomorrow with a reading from the English Department faculty. The series readings have been well-attended, and tomorrow’s closing reading promises to be another success. So poetry is always in the air at Cosmuness River College, which houses some of Sacramento’s emerging and experienced voices like Lisa Dominguez Abraham, Samuel Iniguez, Dennis Hock, Heather Hutcheson, and others. The college also publishes Cosumnes River Journal, an annual literary journal.
Julia Connor commended the Sacramento Poetry Center for their role in nurturing poetry talent in Sacramento. The center, which hosts poetry readings every Monday, has been in existence since 1979, indeed a credible poetic presence in Sacramento.
“If you only go to the readings about eight times a year, double that number,” advised Connor, whose early publications were through the SPC’s little in-house journals.
I will be doing my first SPC reading with Shevonn Blackshire on January 14, 2008.