Other Voices

“You become a writer because you need to become a writer — nothing else.”
Grace Paley

Here’s something I love about the open-mike literary evenings that the Write Group hosts in our community every month: the philosophy behind them is that everyone who writes is a writer, whether they are published or not. What an expansive atmosphere this approach creates — it’s so welcoming! And whenever I attend a session, I’m always struck by the incredibly creativity and passion that people bring to the work they read.

This time around, I had a chance to share the cycle of poems in my YA novel, which was fun. They are a little unusual because they rhyme while most contemporary poetry is free verse in form. Still, I it was fun hearing afterward that people enjoyed them. But it was even more fun — and often moving — to hear other writers showcase their work. What a rich array of wordsmiths gather together at these events!

My writing buddy Carl read a touching story from a memoir about the emotional highs and lows he experienced after losing and then saving someone’s life using CPR. A multitalented poet named Ron entertained us all with an energetic scat rendition of several poems. Laura, a poet, read a cycle of beautiful and very touching poems about her beloved friend Anne, who passed away recently — an amazing tribute to friendship and all the richness it offers us.

Then there was a young woman who read a very polished poem about her boyfriend — I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from and about her. A lady who composes her poems while walking read a humorous reverie about her house and what it does while she’s at work. A fellow who spent many years in advertising read a poem called “Avocado Dream” about a sandwich mix-up at a deli that had us all chuckling and another woman who’s a children’s educator shared a lively poem she created to encourage kids to take a look at books.

What a rich tapestry of words — and how wonderful to hear them shared aloud. What is more lovely than to be read to? Write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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