Last night I did something that I had been intending to do for… well, years. I attended and read at a spoken word event. In my little town, there is a funky little performance space called The Duncan Showroom. It is a favourite location for musicians because of the intimate atmosphere. Nick and I had gone down on Sunday to hear Sam Weber and his band play. Sam was a student of mine and was in the same grad class as my daughter so I was truly looking forward to hearing him play. I wasn’t disappointed. He and his band were fabulous and fun and it was a great show.
When we were leaving, I looked up on their bulletin board and noticed a little piece of paper. As small as the paper was, the words seemed huge and they reached out and grabbed me by the throat.
Well, this seemed like a sign – and last night I showed up, added my name to the list and plunked my bottom into a front row seat. There is something that you don’t get from the solitary action of plunking away at your computer that is available in abundance in a reading – feedback. As I read, I could hear chuckles and out and out guffaws as I read my “Open Letter to an Unnamed GPS Executive”. And later, several people came up and congratulated me on my writing. What a great feeling that is! I will be back there again to read something else – probably some poetry – later in the summer. So… here I am, reading last night.
**warning – there are a couple of f-bombs and a bit of other adult language.
If you want to see the whole show, click here.