The readers began with poems from poets that have left us. The reading forced us to confront the darkness that plagued the era—the drugs, the outbreak of AIDS, the violence—pains often forgotten in the effulgence of nostalgia.
The poets followed with selections from their own body of work. Doors and windows agape, the surrounding flora exhaled an engulfing heat. Geckos and frogs called from the dark night outside.
With appreciation for the present company, bedecked in gaudy attire, we celebrated the living words spoken.