Reclaiming the Open Mic.
– Putting “Perform” Back in “Performance
The Open Mic. Poetry Reading (found in campuses and cafes
around our fair
land) is community democracy at its basic. You get five minutes
to go up to the microphone, poem in hand, say what you want
to say and then wait for the applause. Yet people keep saying
Performance Poetry is so bad – it’s gimmicky,
it’s trite and it’s boring. Why is it then that
people associate the Spoken Word with a night of humorless,
monotone ramblings, sometimes sounding as if the poet is speaking
an entirely new language? Why is it that the hardest part
of performing is holding the audience’s attention?
“Reclaiming the Open Mic.” asks why just read
a poem when you can husk out, rain down on or commingle with
a poem? We will go over what makes an interesting performance,
covering such topic as:
Natural Language or What’s Your Vernacular, Dude?
Imagination* Imagination* Imagination
Wide Open Subject Matter (Pop Culture, Anyone?) Emotional
Never again will you hold your head in shame with the words:
“I … perform my own poems” on your lips.
You will take that Open Mic. Poetry Reading by hailstorm and
hurricane and people will look foreword to your return.