A few months ago, I held a poetry reading in my basement. More than forty people came through my door that night, and more than half of them took to the mic to read. Over and over again, they’d unfold a piece of paper or flip through their notebook or scroll through their phone, telling us in the meantime, “This is the first time I’ve done this.”
I find it incredible to think that, in a city as saturated in academia as Boston is, kids have to find their poetry fix in a shitty basement in Allston.
But then again, maybe that’s the problem. Maybe these kids have gotten C’s in just one too many creative writing workshops led by some dude who doesn’t know how to properly conjugate “tweet.”
Well, fuck that. In honor of National Poetry Month (whatever that means), DigBoston is putting poetry back into the hands of the people.
On April 29th, you’re invited to join me and Toni Bee, Poet Populist of Cambridge, at OBERON for a remedy to the open poetic forum dearth. Featured poets will include Matt Ganem, Richard Pfaff, Scott Krave, Phillipe Martin Chatelain of InParentheses Magazine, Samantha Milowsky from Amethyst Arsenic, and more. Including you, since there’ll be an open mic segment at the end so that aspiring poets get to stand on the same stage as the established voices. And don’t worry: the bar will be serving a magical liquid that gives you the courage to do shit like this.
So come on. Get your sweaty palms around that mic and hold on until security comes.
DIG POETRY NIGHT
2 ARROW ST.
7:30/18+/FREE, RSVP (TBA) AT AMERICANREPERTORYTHEATER.ORG/OBERON