Laugh Child Reading Series at Des Moines Social Club

Dan Coffey, Iowa State University

This article was published in Poets' Quarterly (2014): Posted with permission.


Lauren Haldeman, Caryl Pagel, Jennifer Perrine, and Jennifer L. Knox all read some great poetry on the night of July 12 during the first installment of the Laugh Child reading series at the Des Moines Social Club. The lack of a mic would have been forgivable in the close-seated area we were in, but the Social Club has very few inner walls and lots of resonance, so the poets’ voices competed with voices of passersby and espresso machines. Much of the time the poets lost the battle but the poetry ultimately triumphed.