To be a poet one needs the six P’s – the pencil, the paper, the perception, the passion, the persistence and the unshakable persuasion that the poem is in fact possible and attainable. - Grace Perry

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Poetry Open Mic

"Poetry begins in reading" - John Tranter
 
All enthralled by Kerry Miller's poetry
 
As cafe poet at Gilbert's of Mittagong, I have just held my fist poetry open mic today. It was a great day, with good food as always. Thank you to all of the staff for being so supportive of my residency and of poetry.

Susan Pearce dazzles us all with her talent
 
Everyone in the cafe today was dazzled by Jared Camilleri, Kerry Miller and Susan Pearce's poetry.
 
"A poem is something that the heart says to the mind, says to the body - poetry is an embodiment" - Mark Tredinnick
 
Rhiannon Hall reading a poem at Gilbert's of Mittagong
Thank you to Peter Carmody for organising a sound system for me.

"Poetry is a language awake to its connections" - Jane Hirshfield
 
Deeply engrossed in Jared Camilleri's poem
Thank you John Brown for taking photos of the event.

I hope to see more poets at my next open mic on the 24th of November. Here's a great blog post by Pip Smith about reading poetry out loud.