It’s like you are two different poets! someone said to me after my recent Racket at the Rocket (RR) show – someone who had seen my feature the previous week at Plasticine Poetry (PP) and was eager for more.
Looking back over the two sets I can see what the differences, besides all different pieces & shirts, were. Both sets were themed, with the same number of pieces in each. Paced pretty much the same too. Started with something inviting – no dropping of the pants in the first piece. The built to more explicit things.
PP was focused on identity – a sort of abstract concept that I tried to make real with various personas that showed various ways we define outs elves: Hannibal Hoarder: how we keep what we keep defines us; Godzilla: how movies lead us to self definition. So the material was more clearly theatrical and pushed me to a more theatrical reading.
discorporation: the vigil’s reward
The RR set was romantic, emotional in a different way. The difference between the persona of each piece was much more subtle that the PP set and not as theatrical. I also opted not to perform any of many bitter break-up pieces, some of which were in the chap book, and stayed on the sweeter side of love, just to prove I could be mellow, that I could be sexy without overt queer sexuality.
The other things about the set was that I read a piece I had written that week about a man I’m seeing, who happened to be in the audience for the show. Something I’ve never experienced before. Not that I have to work hard on authentic emotion when I read but this time I didn’t even have to work at all.
April 21, Monday – featuring – Lizzie Violet’s Poetry Open Mic at The Amsterdam Bicycle Club – 7:30 – doors and open mic sign up, 8:00 – start - 54 The Esplanade, Toronto
April 27, Sunday, Julie Czerndea Workshop http://chiseries.ticketleap.com/chiseriesworkshop-julie-czerneda/
June 6-8 – attending – Bloody Words
June 23-27 – attending – Manuscript to Book – Loyalist Summer Arts – Belleville, Ont https://www.facebook.com/events/589522924455695/
August 28-31 – attending – FanExpo Canada http://www.fanexpocanada.com
one of newer pieces I read at RR a few weeks ago
Rocket Scientist of Love
I don’t claim to be
a rocket scientist of love
I’m more practiced at
where I can control
the countdown to blast off
but when I have to plot the course
for more passengers than one
I’m never sure
where the booster rockets have to go
when to push the buttons
that will set them off
how much fuel I’m going to need
what sort of pay load
is expected of me
to bring them
to the various stages of thrust
sure I can get them buckled in well enough
the fumbling can be sort of fun
but after that I can get a bit lost
when my solid mass converter
gets ready to let loose its charge
while theirs is still picking up speed
I’m not a rocket scientist of love
any more than I am
the masters & johnsons of sex
but I’m willing to learn
if anyone’s willing to teach