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I have been asked to participate in a poetry reading less than ten days hence... Assistance, please!!!!

I need help choosing six poems to bring to the reading.

Would you please leave comments regarding which you think are best for a reading?

This will mark my official debut as a poet. I've never done a reading before.

Can I be terrifically excited and drymouth scared at the same time?

Betcher ass I can.

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The following comments are for "Pen, johnlib,Elph, Claire, Darkshine, Bob...all others...HELP!!"
by cybele

rhyme and reason
Hi cybele - great phrygian mother goddess of the earth. I've been back and read your last 20 odd poems. I love those where the melody tells the story the words only ever hint at. Like pen said a range that shows off your different styles and to suit the audience too. I would probably alternate between a rhyming rythmic poem and a meandering patchwork prose type one.

No 1 on my list is Morning Mirror.
No 2 is Restraint (gaga googum? hubba hubba. woof!) ;) No 3 is Letter Home. No 4 Bridle. These are the ones that stood out to me. But I couldn't pick between Corner, Storm, Speak Tender, Almost Innocent and Winter Sprite. Probably Winter Sprite and Storm are my favoured two of these.

Good luck with your reading

( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: January 7, 2004 )

Cybele, you're really good! Sorry, but I didn't know--I'm not much of a poetry reader. Anyway, these are my top picks:

--Letters Home
--Until January 1943
--City Plows, Broken or Not

Although 'Letters Home' and 'Until January 1943' are powerful, 'City Plows' is my favorite.

Good luck to you and congrats! Yes, let us know how it goes. :)

( Posted by: Elphaba [Member] On: January 7, 2004 )

thank you, thank you....
...and keep the comments coming, PLEASE. This is SO helpful to me, because I know you all for bright and literate folk who won't allow me to take garbage to a public event.

Pen, you're right, I will make sure to practice. And bring variety, some hearts and flowers and some blood and guns, so to speak.

Smithy- you got my name reference! See what I mean about literate folk... It was given to me by my mother, not a screen name, by the way. Your assesments are valuable, if unintelligible (gaga googum hubba hubba woof)And thanks for the suggestions about the order of the poems, I wouldn't have thought of that.

Claire- You're always insightful and supportive with comments- so glad you like the one about Taos (Here, Everywhere- Not New Mexico). I WILL take notes. I am to be one of six poets reading, but there's been some snags, and I may have significantly MORE time than originally planned, scareeeeeeey.

Elphaba, thank you so much for giving me a "short list" even though poetry isn't usually your thing. I am grateful.

My problem with making selections is this: Do I like it because it's a good poem, or do I like it because I like it? I'm sure many of you know just what I mean.

I appreciate your help, everyone, please keep it up!


(I need an avatar...)

( Posted by: cybele [Member] On: January 8, 2004 )

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