Open Mic Night

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davew's picture

Vicky, the lovely lady who runs our local coffee shop, proposed the idea of a poetry/open-mic night. Ellen and I jumped on it like fleas on a lazy dog. Ellen, because she's been doing poetry for-ev-er, and me because I needed such a prod to get off my furry posterior and do something creative. The first one was actually not all that creative for me at all. We had this brilliant idea of performing Fry and Laurie's poetry sketch. Memorizing and rehearsing this with Ellen took most of my free time for that week. People laughed, so I suspect we did a creditable job. I also threw in a couple of poems by my favorite poet, Billy Collins. _Victoria's Secret_ proved to be an audience pleaser.

Last Friday was the second open mic night and this time was almost entirely original poems with a small exception, once again by Billy Collins, read by a new attendee. The audience had swelled somewhat as well with 20 or so people gathered about for coffee and the delicacies that Vicky does so well. I suppose it would be a bit rude to not provide at least a little flavor of what it is like.
Since poetry is always best in its spoken form, here's one of mine. This was recorded after the fact so try to imagine the gasps, oohs, ahs, and thunderous applause that greeted the original performance.
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Ellen's picture

Re: Open Mic Night

Good plug for the Poetry Jam at Vicki's. Let me add a link to some of the other poetry read that night and at the first jam in July. Deja Brew Poet's Page.

This was a blast. Performing my poetry live is like nothing else. A headrush. I feel like a real artist now!

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scrooks's picture

Re: Open Mic Night

Who played Fry? (I have my own guess.) Did you attempt this with British accents or did you American-ize it?

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Ellen's picture

Re: Open Mic Night

I was Fry. How'd you do on the guess?

We did not try to put on any accent. I did wear funky reading glasses, tho.

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scrooks's picture

Re: Open Mic Night

I scored a perfect 100%.

I'm very glad to hear you didn't attempt the accent. That just brings painfully to mind drunk college kids aping Monty Python.

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