It wasn't possible back when I was a part of that great weekly open mic series with Jack and campana , because I needed some new poems each week, just so those guys wouldn't scoff at me.
But since that got put on ice for a little while, I had some poetry stacking up.
I decided to break it all out, when I featured at Words In The Alley, the other night.
My full 30 minute set:
Nepal Is All Antiques
Love Poem #9
Swivel & Squeak
untitled postcard project poem
Scrambled Over Easy
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The Existential Chef
Morning Theft (for cksterling )
Promise Of Night
Series of Famous Real Life Hai-Clue
Mystery Left Intact
Mutual Friends As Community Property
It was a great experience, so I'm glad I finally got to do one of these. It seems like scottwoods does five or six of them every year, so I'm glad to be able to say that I've done one, at least.
It was exciting to be nervous about each poem, not having the safety net of a few old favorites sprinkled throughout the reading, in case I needed to fall. I'm sure I will learn much more from the process and the outcome, once I've had more time to reflect.
But in the end, I don't write new stuff in order to bury old poems.
I feel like writing new stuff gives me the right to still read old pieces whenever I want.