Reciting Poetry

In the few months I’ve been home, I’ve done several readings around the Pioneer Valley. It has been nerve racking and exhilarating to read my prose in front of an audience.

Last week, I chose to read some of my poetry at Spoken Word Greenfield. It was a completely different experience. Poetry, being so much personal than fiction, was much more difficult for me to get through. I felt vulnerable and exposed.

It was difficult, but it was a great experience, one in which I hope to build on in the future.

I would love to hear from other writers out there. Do you feel a difference when you read poetry versus prose at an open mic? Which do you prefer?

Here is one of the poems that I read:

AMHTHYST BROOK

Out in the woods I stand in the middle of a bridge

And I can’t tell which way the water is moving.

Like myself, coming and going

Moving perpetually in two directions.

I’ve seen enough roadkill to last a lifetime.

I don’t want to drive anymore.

I want to close my eyes next to you.

Be near me so I don’t have to think.

Be near me so I don’t’ have to know myself.

There is too much inside.

No matter where I go I find myself at a trailhead.

I walk fifty yards into the woods and then turn around

Because I fear its depth.

Like how I stand in the shallow end of my soul.

I don’t want to know how far down it goes

Or what lurky beasts hide in its midst.

It’s all mist down there.

Caution signs everywhere.

I told you to stay away

That at the end it would feel better.

But then, that’s a lie

Because I batted the fuck out of my eyelashes for you to come over.

What took you so long?

I’ve been watching the clock,

Not long until my moods swing.

Let’s hit the bathroom.

Oh it’s too nasty?

I like to play dirty.

So I guess it’s all my fault

I wind up with shards of glass in my skin

And dirt in my eyes.

I don’t want to stop.

Nothing feels better than pen scribbled on paper. 

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Main Street Writers…Read!

Main Street Writers holds an annual reading every spring. The reading takes place at Food for Thought Books in Amherst, MA.The past week or two I have been helping organize this event.

The writing group has three sessions a week, and there are a lot of writers involved, about 20. All of us will have opportunities to share our work. We hope to have a good turn out of people to enjoy the experience together.

While I have been busy signing up our writers for different drinks and finger food, I have yet to pick a piece to share! I look forward to reading a scene from my manuscript. I think the perfect piece will be no more than five minutes long, spoken. It should be exciting and interesting without being confusing. I want to pick something that doesn’t involve too much explanation as well.

To other bloggers out there: How do you go about selecting an appropriate piece for a reading? I would love to hear your suggestions!

The reading is on Thursday May 9th, from 7 to 9 p.m. I encourage anyone in the area to check it out. There will be beer, wine, food and most importantly, excellent writing!

As always, every day, Happy Writing!Main Street Writers...Read!