Caffe Lena Tomorrow night, the first Wednesday of the month, Caffe Lena presents its Poetry Open Mic night with featured poet Michael Czarnecki.

This open mic is hosted by Carol Graser. There is a $2.00 admission. Sign up at 7:00PM, the reading starts at 7:30PM. Caffe Lena is located at 47 Phila St, Saratoga Springs.

Michael Czarnecki is the founder of Foothills Publishing, which he began in 1986 for the purpose of getting into print the words of poets whose only outlets were readings or in the occasional magazine. Since then, Foothills Publishing has released more than 250 chapbooks or books. As a poet, Michael has given over 200 featured readings across the country in venues as varied as wine festivals, colleges and coffeehouses.  As a prolific poet, publisher, oral memoirist and encourager, Michael lives simply with his family in the hills of central New York.

The Echo Of What Has Passed

T’ao Ch’ien would understand.
I sit drinking wine
chanting poems
dreaming of mountains.
Bills pile high at the door.
White hairs infiltrate my beard.
Daughter approaches womanhood.
Young son no longer crawls.
Late Autumn, already snow
has covered the ground.
Sipping, wine, I shiver
as a chill breeze
caresses me from behind.