Poetry Room at City Lights
First- went to the art fair in Kerouac Alley. This is the street between Vesuvius’ and City Lights, Broadway and Grant St. The art was OK- the band was good. It’s an incredibly short alley so not quite a block fair like Union Street. The best bit of that area- besides the cool new alley art– is found if you head into City Lights, go to their old Poetry Room which is now a stairway up to their new Poetry Room.
It’s incredibly quiet up there now that the alley is closed off to traffic. Two chairs sit below two windows, and you can enjoy the latest poetry favorites. It was Emily Dickinson for me, but then again it usually is. Paul Madonna of All Over Coffee read there recently and they have his books displayed. His cartoons remind me of blogs that I like- the powerlines, the overheard conversations, stuff like that.