Friday, November 09, 2007

Poetry Friday- Writer's Diary #37

I've signed up to read some of my poetry tomorrow night at a coffeehouse. It's a big step for me to share my poems this way, but one I feel is necessary if I'm going to get any exposure and to "hone my craft" (if I'm to get all pretentious up in here). They're mostly musical events but I have seen a few other acts (including story telling and break dancing, believe it or not). I've asked not to be a specific act as such but to read during the set-ups for other acts. Maybe this isn't a wise idea as undoubtedly this is when people normally get up and get their coffees, so I may not have an overly attentive audience. We'll see. My logic was that I only have a few that I'd care to share and reading them individually, with other acts in between, would highlight each one a little more. It'll be a learning experience one way or another.

I've decided upon four poems:

1. Capelin- I figured I'd start with something I've actually published (to lend me some credibility- I hope!) Plus, Iqaluit has a large Newfoundland population who can probably relate.

2. Spider of the Jar- The first one is a little more sombre, but I think this one- though a little depressing in theme- will be a little more fun since it's a mashup poem. Speaking of which, I'll probably introduce it by reading the originals first.

3. The Enlightenment of Sammy Lowe- With a Northern population, I'm going to assume that most people there will be familiar with Robert Service's "Cremation of Sam McGee" of which my poem is in homage. Plus, it deals with Inuit folklore so there's a potential local interest.

4. An untitled coffee poem- It is a coffeehouse afterall! This is a poem I've been working on here for over a year. This is my latest draft:

Taking a break
from my coffee,
sipping you mourn
last night's sleep

You’re bitter but I
have to admire
the persistently dark outlook-
so we could meet

What’s wrong
with (last night and)
a perfectly empty cup?


Chris said...

Break a leg!

Sara said...

Awesome. I'm only "performing" just a little on my blog today. Nowhere near as brave as you. Report back!!!

Rob Hardy said...

Hey, I'm reading next Friday night at Tiny's (hot dog and tobacco shop!) here in Northfield. Too bad we can't both do poetry road trips. I love hearing other people read!

Heather said...

This is so cool!!! I hope it is everything you hope for!! (P.S. I finished my first book for the Canadian Challenge and will post a review next week.)

Anonymous said...

Have fun--I never have the nerve to read my poetry to a live audience. Did it once at a gallery opening, but that's it.

I love the spider and coffee poems--wonderful!

Allison said...

I hope tomorrow goes swimmingly for you! I especially liked the last poem. Nicely done.

Dale said...

That's excellent John, I hope it goes really well for you. I enjoyed your choices and hope everyone there does to. If you freeze up, you can always say 'how about that static cling?' or something. :-)

John Mutford said...

Chris: And now I have two things to worry about.

Sara: Yours were great! Puts more pressure on me actually.

Rob: A poetry road trip would be pretty cool. To be honest, I've never been to a poetry reading before.

Heather: Great, I'm looking forward to reading it.

Laura: Would you do it again?

Allison: Thanks. I'm trying to stay calm, but the phrase "self-inflicted" keeps popping up for some reason.

Dale: Not a bad idea. If your last post is any indication, more people are interested in static cling than poetry anyway.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Power to you! I love that coffee poem.

Anonymous said...

Have fun, John! I hope there are some poets/poetry fans in the crowd!

tanita✿davis said...

Congratulations and I hope it's really fun.

John Mutford said...

Cloudscome: Thanks. The coffee poem, while probably the one of the lot that I liked best on paper, was also my least favourite performance. Either I need to work on the reading or it doesn't translate orally all that well.

Kelly: There wasn't a lot of anyone in the crowd actually, but those in attendance seemed to enjoy it.

Tadmack: It was, and if asked, I'd definitely do it again.