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April is Poetry Month! coffee shop reading

Tonight (7-9pm), I took part in an on campus poetry reading, that was in celebration of April being Poetry Month... it was really fun ^__^.

For some reason, even though there was a MICROPHONE (ahhh~h, the thought of my voice ringing around in the coffee shop is so weird XD), I didn't really feel nervous at all. I just... read, because I know there was no one better who could portray these words I'd written to all these people. It was a strange feeling of calmness XD. *is usually a headcase when having to read in front of groups*

There was a really good turnout, actually... at least 30 people, I'd say. Last time I participated in a poetry reading, there were MAYBE 10 people, if not less XD.

At first I read 2 poems by Frank O'Hara ("As Planned" and "Why I Am Not A Painter"), and then I read 2 of my own poems right after that ("Paper Airplanes," "Cologne," "Red," "Grandmother," and an imitation of Frank O'Hara's "Morning" that I wrote). When I was reading "Cologne" I had to stop several times, just because the crowd kept on bursting out into laughter. Especially when I mentioned Laura Bush, for some reason XD. It made me feel really good.

After the show, I got cornered by like 5 or 6 people, and was told how much they enjoyed my poetry. My friend Richard (we are bound by our mutual adoration for Frank O'Hara XD) even told me that I have a Frank O'Hara quality to some of my poems. *stomps on her ego, to keep it from puffing up too much* But it's SO NICE, just to know that this voice inside of me is saying things that people can relate to, and enjoy hearing. I could cry, just knowing that there's an audience for even my crazy ramblings ;~; <3.

It's been awhile since I've made an attempt at writing poetry earnestly, but I feel like I could try again sometime. And this time around, it'll be for myself, and not for some class. Yosh ^_^.



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 25th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Uwah, that is really awesome M-sama! You'll be a famous poet one day and by then I really want your autograph. XD *squishes* It's great that you had an amazing turnout and perhaps you'll want to do this again and again ne? *hee*
Jun. 12th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
If I become a famous poet one day, I'm going to tell everyone you're my muse so you'll get famous too XD. Or I'll send you a ton of signed poems, so you can sell them all and get rich. I THINK A POET HAS TO DIE TO REALLY GET FAMOUS THOUGH, so I don't know if I want to get TOO famous XD;...
Jun. 15th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
I don't think I want to get famous'y either. XD I'm just content doing things that I like to do instead of catering to the masses.
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