Recently, it was suggested to me that I should “get out there and do some public readings”. Hmmm, what an interesting suggestion.
So, the latest thing on my mind is the media circuit.
How will I possibly handle speaking with all of my adoring fans (ha ha ha) and sound intelligent on panels and be professional during readings?
Why am I concerning myself with these things? Why not. Why not fill my brain with worries about situations I am so far from experiencing that the pressure to work is almost too much to bear? Why not indeed.
(As if I don’t have enough things on my mind…#sigh, #IRL)
I was planning to attend the Open Mic Poetry Club meeting at my favourite coffee and wine bar, Cork & Bean. I have yet to sit in on one, but I have been trying to psych myself up to join them and maybe…just maybe read one of my poems.
They meet every other Sunday in the cozy lower level. In a room aptly named the “Murray Johnston Room”.
I figure that an environment like this shouldn’t be too intimidating to try out my work on some like minded, local folks. And who knows, maybe I will know someone there, given that it’s in my old neighbourhood.
So what’s the problem, you ask. Why didn’t I go? Why am I not there right now? Well…….
This weekend offered up a legitimate excuse to not attend. It’s Father’s Day. I am spending the day with my family (minus the time it is taking me to write this post of course).
And of course, the fairly obvious reason – I’m a chicken. A chicken with delusions of grandeur and a fear of success. I admit, it’s a tough balance.
I will try to be ready, emotionally, within the next two weeks and head on over there. Only one question remains. What should I read?
While I may have notebooks of short stories laying about, I have only recently started to write poetry and the majority of it has been published on this blog.
So, I turn to you for some assistance. I know, it’s not a lot to choose from, but if you were to pick, which one of the poems posted on the site would you choose to read out loud?
Check out the Poetry tab in the menu and let me know in the comments. I will provide an update when I make my debut in the Murray Johnston room.
Thanks!! (no pressure)