It was more than just a reading at the Roehrich Museum: it was the award ceremony for the Poets Prize 2002, which Robert Mezey received for his Collected Poems, so there were little award speeches by The Poets Prize Committee, including Robert Phillips and Sam Gwynn. Honorable Mentions were Wyatt Prunty and Richard Wilbur for their books, Unarmed and Dangerous and Mayflies, respectively.
Mezey's award was $3,000, entirely made up of funds contributed by other poets! Apparently it's the only poetry prize of this nature. Among the poems he read were "Joe Simpson," "Here's to Lizzie D.," "Tea Dance at the Nautilus Hotel 1925, "The Roadside Epitaph," and a Catullus translation, "Carmina." Boffo performance in spite of a difficult sound system.
Another one, "A Note She Might Have Left," was a poem found in an attic after not having been seen for about 40 years; it was in the original typescript for his first book, but hadn't been included and he said he had forgotten he'd written it! Indeed he had no recollection whatsoever of the woman for whom he'd evidently written it...But then, this in itself is memorable! This poem was noticeably more impassioned than the others, although perhaps it was just more youthful (hm, is that a tautology?).
Fun event, and Roger Slater and his wife attended as well, as did Catherine Tufariello. Reception followed. The Roehrich Museum has an incredible collection of art by Nicholas Roehrich, most on themes of Tibet, as well as Tibetan sculpture: this was the backdrop for the ceremony. I'll have to revisit the magnificent 19th-Century building to see the art that was obstructed by wall-to-wall poets!