One of the best parts about poetry is hearing it read aloud. I go to a lot of open mics, because I enjoy reading my poetry out loud. It’s the fastest, frankest feedback you’ll ever get on your work. You gauge the audience’s reaction. Either they react- laugh or cry or are shocked- or they don’t. Even if people don’t like your poem because it makes them feel bad, you’re creating a reaction. You’re creating music.
So, I realized that those of you who are reading this blog… several of you have never seen me perform. Rather than simply put a poem on here for you to copy+paste for your next creative writing assignment, I’m going to upload a video. It’s just me reading a poem in my bedroom. I didn’t have the poem memorized very well, and it’s fairly new. We’re talking days old, so not many of you have heard this particular piece. So, here’s something new from me to you. Just a poetry reading. Maybe you’ll love it so much that you’ll start attending open mics in your local community. That’d be cool.
So below are poems called “Sewing Parachutes” and “Collision.” Give me some feedback. Tell me what you think.