(Video) Voices heard: Poetry reading on a Saturday afternoon
Four poets struggled through Atlanta traffic to get to the library in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 26.
There was a horrible wreck on the interstate, setting things back by 20 minutes. The host, my co-worker Collin Kelley, switched the order of speakers around to give the late arrivals time to breathe.
Poetry readings aren’t ready-made for spectators. I’ve always enjoyed poetry in more of an academic way, in school books or between magazine articles. I’ve written some too, but they’re more form over substance. I like seeing how words combine and complement each other.
I was in a room full of people who knew their craft and for that I was grateful. The audience appreciated it, too.
I had some favorites.
Collin Kelley – “Wonder Woman” (Editor’s note: I might be partial to this because it involves a DC comics character, but it was also pretty funny.) @ 5 minutes, 45 seconds.
Helen Losse – “Essence of orange” @ 13 minutes, 42 seconds.
Jessie Carty – “Everyone named her bright” @ 37 minutes
Erica Wright – “If you have two lovers and one is imaginary” (Editor’s note: It’s about a long-distance relationship. Great title.) @ 4 minutes 37 seconds
Cecilia Woloch – “Why I believed as a child that people had sex in bathrooms” (Editor’s note: This one was so beautifully honest.) @ 17 minutes and 51 seconds