Ok, I went to my first official poetry reading today, just as an observer. I’m still processing it.
The Poetry@Tech series is based in the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum. Somehow they manage to serve wine on campus. I’m guessing the museum’s guard upstairs serves as the required police officer on duty.
Joel Brouwer’s reading was a good introduction. He seems a bit fixed on Lions. I need to think more about his work. Chad Davidson seems to be a natural showman. His introductory patter and initial poetry softened us up as an audience for harder imagery. The third poet struck me the wrong way. I’ll leave it at that.
One common strand through all the poets were their concrete imagery. It’s something I can’t seem to shake, so hearing others’ uses was interesting.