So, open mic nights, poetry readings, book signings and self-promotion seem to loom large in my future. With that in mind I went on an internet search for local venues that would be receptive to my style of poetry. That means that the poetry slams are obviously out of the question, I am not a slam artist. It also means that one of the few I found - an african american venue that celebrates their heritage and flavor wouldn't quite be appropriate for me. I don't rap, my poetry hasn't ever addressed any african american issues (human issues, yes, but none that were specifically african american) and my pseudo jamaican accent is really lousy.
However, I did find several that looked promising, if I can manage to squeak my odd schedule around enough to be free and get the kids taken care of and such. I figure I stand a chance, since they're late in the evening. The most interesting was in the Barnes and Noble at the Arboretum on the first Tuesday of each month. I'd want to attend one to see what it's like first, before I actually read anything.
Another thing that bothers me is the length of my poems. From what I can tell, most readings have a 3 minute limit, my poems, many of them, would take all of 30 seconds to read, twice. So what do I do? Do I read a couple different poems that are all related - or on the same subject?
Sheesh, I should get out every once in a while you know it?