Monday, May 16, 2011

Poetry Reading By Me

In this year of prioritizing poetry, I got carried away a couple of months ago and blithely signed up to give a poetry reading at the Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe in Boulder. The date was so comfortably far away - this was back in February, I think, and May seemed an eternity in the future. Well, now the poetry reading is THIS THURSDAY, May 19th, at 7 p.m.


At the time, I didn't feel too daunted. There was just this signup sheet, and anybody could scrawl his or her name upon it. So I scrawled mine. But now that I'm on the email list for events at the store, I see that they have had some major talent on offer there, real professional published poets with all kinds of impressive credits to their name. And now they're getting me.


And the poems themselves - they're so personal, all about doomed love (the result of my now-abandoned project of making this the year to find love). They were lovely to send as little gifts to a few select women friends. But to read aloud? In public? To strangers? I am starting to understand why Emily Dickinson never came out of her house!

Anyway, I'm still doing it, and if you want to come on Thursday night to this wonderful little poetry bookstore, one of only three poetry-only bookstores in the USA, there I will be: 1203 13th Street Suite A - just across the street from the Sink.

Final warning: the poems have some "adult" content . Oh, this is so scary!!


  1. I do so wish that Boulder weren't 2500 miles away from here. You'll charm everyone, Claudia. But don't forget to include some you wrote from prompts. I think people would be interested in hearing that a group can all write poems from the same prompt and end up with wildly different poems.