Some of us have already noticed the August light shifting, as we think about returning to school, returning to our scheduled lives. Perhaps we’re even planning some poetry readings. If so, here are some links to recent postings that might help us shape the experiences we want to give our audience.
In this post, Justin Evans talks about friends planning a “night of music, art, dance, poetry, media and more” and his part in it as a poet. I hope he creates a follow-up post to tell us how it all turned out. I love the idea of lots of types of artists presenting an event, but I do wonder if the poets might be overshadowed by all the more glitzy mediums.
In this post, Sandy Longhorn considers audiences and asks, “‘When we do a reading, who do we imagine in our audience? Are they mostly poets & writers? If so, do they need less interluding and more poetry-only? If there are many folks in the audience who are non-writers, or beginning writers, is the poet doing a good thing by providing ‘breaks’?”
On Saturday, I had a poetry reading, and in this post, I ponder the poems to choose on the day after the national news is particularly bad. Should we change our set list? I decided that I wanted to have poems that were more positive, and I’m lucky that I have a wide selection of poems from which to choose.
And if you want to know how it went, the short answer: it was a great reading. For a longer write-up, with pictures, this post goes deeper.