Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo County Poet Laureate, reads from her new book at a Rivertown Poets night at Aqus Cafe.
Rivertown Poets brings together writers from around Bay Area
“I didn’t know poetry was so popular,” exclaimed a latecomer attempting to find a seat before Goodwin, San Mateo county’s first poet laureate, began to read poems inspired by her former home in Anchorage, Alaska.
“When you leave a place it becomes huge in your imagination,” said Goodwin. She continues reading about walking at night with friends while studying the night sky and about the animals of the Alaskan wilderness.
Trimble, accompanied by bassist Steve Shane, reads poems from her stays in Sicily. She sways to the music as she says, “Someone once told me I was the most eccentric woman they’d ever met and that was a compliment.”
Anfang appreciates and welcomes the eccentric with open arms, and to anyone that has never understood poetry, she says to give it a second chance.
“People don’t appreciate poetry because of the way it is taught in school-to dissect it rather than experience it. Just go in and experience it. You can enjoy it on so many different levels,” said Anfang.
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