Meeting House Writers group, made up of about twelve area residents that meet to share their writings, featured several poets and an open mic at Steel City on Main Street in Phoenixville.
" It's a good turn out," said host George Reitnour. The event, which will be held regularly on Sundays, drew a crowd of approximately 40 people.
Hovering over their lattes, patrons listened intently to the poets that began with two members of the group and were followed by five volunteers. Poetry ranged from the abstract to lines of rhyme some garnering laughter from the crowd.
" I'm never disappointed when I come here," said Al Walton, who read a poem about his experiences in Vietnam. Walton joins the Meeting House group to share his songs and guitar.
Rebekah Lynn Ray and Nancy Rosenberger, both of Phoenixville, read ten selections each. The two women are members of the Meeting House Writers group.
Ray, who is a librarian and owns a bed and breakfast in Phoenixville, has lived in the area over two years. She read a poem about Phoenixville entitled "Home" where she expressed her happiness with the feelings of safety and community she has for the town.
"Poets are predators," said Rosenberger, between reading her writings. "We watch always for something that's going to birth a poem." Rosenberger, who has lived in Phoenixville for 34 years and been a teacher of 35 years, is a published writer spanning topics of observations, memories and events in her poetry.
The Mad Poets Society ,established in 1987, helped organize the Meeting House Writers group performance. The writers group that is also open to singers and songwriters is now three years old.
"It [a poetry reading] is a good thing to bring to a coffee house," said Connie Bretz, a local storyteller that read one of Rosenberger's poems. "It creates a great atmosphere."