I think I have most enjoyed readings where we got together to just read
our poems. The object was to enjoy, yes, socialize, but most to enjoy the
literature that each had created within the past month or year.
>I am doing a public reading tonight (at the 'new' Brisbane Hotel @ 7.30 pm,
>if anyone is from this neck of the woods and doesn't know) and I am, as
>always, wondering how best to present my work. Yes, short poems with some
>enjoyment in them as 'sound pieces' is good, but for my own benefit, I also
>like reading some recent poems to test them out on the air. I'm also two
>thirds of the way through a novel, so I'd like to air some of its pages. But
>is it too difficult for them to hear just part of a novel, without the
>before and afters? It is a difficult thing to choose - I'll spend a lot of
>today sorting out my reading I know, and I'd rather be actually writing. I
>have twenty minutes - The way I ramble, that could be a five minute poem
>with a quarter hour intro :)
>And, yes, Douglas, I also like 'em for their social aspect. We should just
>declare a 'let's all meet up at the pub' evening and dispense with the
>reading - but then I wouldn't get paid, would I, and I rather like getting
>paid for any poetry activity. It gives it street cred.
>> Just a short note to say that basically I get nothing out of poetry
>> and go to them as a social event. I read the words on the page but it is
>> useful to have the poet's voice in your mind when you do it.
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