Initially, I did not know what to expect of the quality of their work, and more importantly, their content! My repertoire is so varied, I was completely unsure what to read. Another question I had was how to read. Were they going to really perform their pieces?? I was glad I took the last slot, and would be last. I was worried that no one would stay for my reading…
I made some friends quickly and kept some lively conversation going with different groups around the room. We met in a tavern, and the majority of them had the appearance of being well lubricated. Since they met weekly, they were very friendly with each other, and already chatty.
I listened to the readings on the topics of: God, sex, love, homelessness, spousal abuse, school corruption, and Cairo. I was truly surprised at the ability of this group to produce pretty unique verse from pretty predictable topics. I reflected on my own work, and realized I was just as guilty as the next person when it came to inspiration! In other words, I read:
She Brings False Flowers
I Want Your Feeling , and
I hadn’t planned on being able to read all of the above poetry, but I had up to seven minutes, and not one poet read only one poem. I thought the grouping I brought was diverse enough that there would be something in there for any crowd. And the crowd itself was diverse, as I mentioned.
The overall experience was fantastic.
* I really had to examine my work for validity before I brought it into public.
* I gained confidence in my writing, as many approached me after the event to let me know they enjoyed the reading.
* I met some very interesting people, too – some talented people, as well.
* I am encouraged to write more and better for the next time I go read. The group meets weekly, but I don’t have to read weekly. However, it’s nice knowing there is quality to be heard, and live hands to shake.
I would have to recommend live reading for everyone who is ready for the next level of experience in their writing.
It is truly possible to breathe life into the words.