Coming up this Third Thursday in September, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Erica Goss will be reading from her newest publication, Night Court, published by Glass Lyre Press. It’s definitely, out of the box…

Some of us had gathered to wish her good luck, before she left for Oregon. We were fortunate to have the box cut open and see the glossy books pulled out of the cardboard box, like fresh juicy carrots right out of the earth. Erica read some of her poems out loud, as we sat around in rapt attention, sad that we would have to say goodbye soon. But she promised she’d be back, and she is!

You can see her at our Third Thursday reading at Willow Glen Library, this Thursday, September 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. with her books, and hear her read some wonderful poems from Night Court, published by Glass Lyre Press. Erica’s Night Court was the winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Prize. As usual, there’ll be signing of books during the intermission, and open mic reading after. We’re hoping you will attend.



Here is a poem by Jean Emerson.


When the willows glitter with autumnal gold
And sugar maples become crimson torches
A small picture emerges in the corner of my mind

A drab green phone company truck always parked
Beside my college’s Inflatable Dream
A canvas tent attached to a utility pole

I smile at conspiracy theories
I do not believe
Rumors of FBI surveillance

I make jokes about that tell-tale clicking
On my phone line and I commiserate with
Pretend agents trapped in a DC basement

Obliged to monitor my teenage daughter’s
boy friend’s phone calls.
All those hours of sighs and silences

The advent of  Freedom of Information
Nixon’s surveillance list
Names everyone who attended my school

When willows gleam yellow
And maples shimmer their orange leaves
I long for the comfort of lack of information