At some recent spokenword shows I’ve seen so many of the ‘don’ts’ done I wonder if people who go to poetry shows and hit the open stage have actually observed what serves their work best. Sure you are afraid of the mike but standing so far from it we can’t hear you isn’t the solution. Holding your pages between your mouth and the mike doesn’t help us hear you either.
Whether you are featuring or just hitting the open stage please know what you are going to read – by ‘know’ I don’t mean ‘be off book’ but don’t spend ten minutes sorting through your loose pages, or recently published book, looking for the piece you just have to share. If you are presenting a short story make sure you have all the pages & that they are in the correct order.
Try not to text while the performers who listened to you, or whom you expect to listen to you, are on stage – or if you do, do it out of sight or don’t get pissed if they chatter to their friends while you are stage if you did the same while they are on stage.
Buying a meal, having a couple of beers and shots & then not having anything to drop in the hat when it gets passed is bad form. Finally buying a meal, having a couple of beers and shots isn’t a ticket to talk all through the performers who weren’t the ones you came to support. Just because you are sitting in the back corner doesn’t make your chatter less distracting.
Another thing – please don’t start a whisper conversation with me at a show. I’m trying to hear the features & make a few notes for my blog. If I ignore you don’t take it personally.
March 1, Saturday – attending – Toronto SpecFic Colloquium
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
one the pieces I presented at Plasticine recently
To clothe the naked
there was this guy
on the subway platform
shoes socks a shoulder bag
nice shoes I said.
he glanced down oh my god! I’m naked!
apparently he wasn’t aware
of having nothing on
but his shoes socks
sorry I said didn’t mean to alarm you
he covered his cock with his e.reader
this isn’t a dream he asked
not mine I replied did you have an exam this morning?
what he asked.
naked dreams are usually caused by stress
getting to school for an important exam
and realizing you have no pants on
no no. I was fully clothed when I left my place
I glanced to see if anyone noticed
I saw a naked woman
adjusting her baby in a stroller
her round ass poised in the air
I got on the subway car
there were more naked people
men women various ages sizes
I wasn’t sure where took
they glared back at me
sneering at my clothing
as if I was the one doing something untoward
when I wished for more nudity
this isn’t what I had in mind
I only wanted certainly people
certainly no one over sixty
to see that future is too awful to contemplate
there ought to be a law
so that public nudity is limited
only to those who are buff enough
not to be an offence to the eye
don’t get undressed on my account
sure you are more appealing naked
but that’s just another way
of objectifying you
how do we remove the personality from the body
ah that’s what the internet is for
thanks for the dick pics