Poetry Night Open Mic at New Deal Café
Poetry Night Open Mic is held at the New Deal Café once a month on the third Tuesday. It was started in 2011 and on March 20, it celebrated its one-year anniversary: “Poetry Night Open Mic!!! – in celebration of Poetry Night’s 1-year anniversary, we will be having a retrospective of your favorite poems that you’ve read at the cafe over the course of the last year!! Sign up starts at 6:30pm. Please limit your set to 5 minutes or three poems, whichever is shorter.”
Amethyst Dwyer is the founder of Poetry Night Open Mic and the emcee this evening.
Rocky starts with one called “Input” inspired by critique groups: “How many critique sessions does it take to edit the smile of the Mona Lisa…”
Sarah reads poems from her high school Northwestern’s literary magazine “Fathom.”
It’s Analysis’s first time reading at the café: “Remember that night in Tunisia when they tried to tell us we were too young…”
Amethyst Dwyer pays tribute to Analysis.
Mike starts with a short one about Punxsutawney Phil, the famous Pennsylvania groundhog.
Katherine reads poems inspired by her husband.
Julie starts with one about gardening.
David says that this is his first poetry reading in 19 years and he starts with “My Underwear.”
Devin is 17 years old and David’s son.
Barbara reads several including some by Rumi, the famed Persian poet.
Ray says that he has been learning German before going there for a trip, and he reads in German “Life is like a chicken house ladder.”
Kimberly reads from a poetry app on her iPod “Wedding Portrait” by David Dominguez.
Eileen reads “Where Skies Are Buried Deep” by Saul Williams.
John reads “The Violation” on a parking ticket.
Rocky reads “Letter to Saint Patrick from a Snake.”
Mike reads one about bees.
Julie reads “Three Days of Rain.”
David says that the last poem he read was one he wants to write and this one is what he has to write.
Devin reads one called “Greenbelt, Maryland.”
Lion’s Gate by Keith Wilson
John reads “Elegy.”
Analysis refers everybody to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
Devin reads “If.”
Eileen reads “How To Be a Poet” by Wendell Berry.
David reads Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem “Underwear” which inspired the underwear piece he read earlier tonight.
John reads “Forest.”
Amethyst Dwyer concludes the poetry night by thanking everybody and wishing “Happy one year anniversary!” to Poetry Night Open Mic.