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Poetry Reading Vs Open Mic Night


Blog Posted:10/17/2013 11:25:00 PM
My Dear Soupers,

Please comment on the differences between poetry reading and open mic night. Are they the same? Have you ever attended or participated in a poetry reading session?

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  1. Date: 10/20/2013 12:54:00 AM
    Opinion 1 :This is long so please follow the numbers and connect the paragraph. Well, based on experience and some of the sessions that I have attended, this is what I can say about poetry reading. Poetry reading is the performance of poetry, and involves poets performing their own poems or those of other poet in front of a live audience. Poetry reading events usually take different forms they can either be organized for large or small audience, an amateur audience, a sophisticated audience or both.

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    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 10/20/2013 1:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Opinion 2 Larger poetry reading events are usually conducted in theatre, school halls; community centers, hotel board rooms, amphitheatres (open air theatre similar to ancient Greek semicircular style theatre) whereas, smaller events are usually facilitated in smaller venues such as libraries, small experimental theatre, café, pubs, popular book store or even a garage. Larger events are usually well organized, and involved several readers. In most cases a critique usually follows and feedbacks are be given by the audience
    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 10/20/2013 1:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Opinion 3 These events are usually well coordinated to facilitate order and smooth transitions. For readings that are held in smaller settings the procedures are usually the same but or a less formal since the audience has closer contact with the reader. Poetry reading is very rewarding and your poems become alive on “center stage”. It gives others the opportunity to interpret your poem in many different ways. Only poetry performance is involved in the poetry reading. No other performing arts.
    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 10/20/2013 12:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Opinion 2 Larger poetry reading events are usually conducted in theatre, school halls; community centers, hotel board rooms, amphitheatres (open air theatre similar to ancient Greek semicircular style theatre) whereas, smaller events are usually facilitated in smaller venues such as libraries, small experimental theatre, café, pubs, popular book store or even a garage. Larger events are usually well organized, and involved several readers. In most cases a critique usually follows and feedbacks are be given by the audience
  1. Date: 10/19/2013 6:16:00 PM
    it's the same in some ways.. i have done poetry reading for groups and artist's cafe -nights; the audience is definitely present in the flesh( visual auditory, kinesthetic, vocal, sight- sensitive); there is an exchange of views as well .. however, if you are talking of a radio show,like drake's there is no live crowd; but it's fun!... it might be the same for youtube; the audience is just you without feedback except for written comments...

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    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 10/20/2013 12:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Opinion 4 In contrast an open mic night is a live show with an audience and involved different aspect of the performing arts such as dance drama, skit, comedy, music (singing) and poetry performance. The emphasis is usually on the spoken word. The performers are usually members of the audience. Some open mic night are also well organize and can be conducted at sophisticated or less sophisticate venues, the purpose of this event is usually for entertainment and sometimes to discover new talents. Feedbacks and criticism is not relative to this event. They are mainly done in bars, clubs, a living room, in the basement, at the gym or even in an experimental theatre. Therefore, I believe that an open mic night and a poetry reading are different events.
    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 10/20/2013 12:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Opinion 3 These events are usually well coordinated to facilitate order and smooth transitions. For readings that are held in smaller settings the procedures are usually the same but or a less formal since the audience has closer contact with the reader. Poetry reading is very rewarding and your poems become alive on “center stage”. It gives others the opportunity to interpret your poem in many different ways. Only poetry performance is involved in the poetry reading. No other performing arts.
    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 10/20/2013 12:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Opinion 2 Larger poetry reading events are usually conducted in theatre, school halls; community centers, hotel board rooms, amphitheatres (open air theatre similar to ancient Greek semicircular style theatre) whereas, smaller events are usually facilitated in smaller venues such as libraries, small experimental theatre, café, pubs, popular book store or even a garage. Larger events are usually well organized, and involved several readers. In most cases a critique usually follows and feedbacks are be given by the audience.
    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 10/20/2013 12:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Opinion 1 :This is long so please follow the numbers and connect the paragraph. Well, based on experience and some of the sessions that I have attended, this is what I can say about poetry reading. Poetry reading is the performance of poetry, and involves poets performing their own poems or those of other poet in front of a live audience. Poetry reading events usually take different forms they can either be organized for large or small audience, an amateur audience, a sophisticated audience or both.
  1. Date: 10/19/2013 2:34:00 PM
    Christine, are you a vocal poet? I would love to hear you!

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    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 10/19/2013 6:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am quite vocal. However, I like to connect with people in the theater, community, and in other social settings. I do not like too much of the social media although it is a great way to advertise and socialize without leaving your doorsteps. Furthermore, I did a number of performance in the past. The most recent was this year overseas in a theatre packed with people. The reading went well, I was not critique badly because the audience originated from different cultural and social background and spoke different languages.
  1. Date: 10/19/2013 2:44:00 AM
    Perhaps the best part of a youtube 'recital' clip is the poet is able to 'say it' as it is, from his perspective. Some comments I have had here on my work over the years here on PS though validate my earlier comment (below)when the 'reader' connects and gives a 'new' perspective 'which often completely unthought of by me the poet.

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    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 10/19/2013 6:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    brian, heard you on youtube...can't get enough of you!..:) huggs
    Richards Avatar Carrie Richards Date: 10/19/2013 10:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have much to catch up on your youtube poetry, Brian, but I agree.....hearing you read your own work, helps "connect" me to the heart of the writer......it is like putting a face to a phone friend.....or holding the words in your hand, feeling the warmth or the tears, ..... it gives a offers a new dimension to the poem
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 6:58:00 PM
    I don't know anything. I like to write and recite. The tricky part of recitals is having your nerves under control so you can live within the words!

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    SCRIBE Avatar NOVICE SCRIBE Date: 10/19/2013 2:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wow, that's touching and I thank you!!! I have the butterflies every time, Carrie. I know once you begin those butterflies settle down and becomes a ball of energy. I can't explain it, but it feels good. With your poetry you have nothing to worry about, just the fact you'll touch someone in a positive way!
    Richards Avatar Carrie Richards Date: 10/19/2013 10:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love listening to you on Drake's blog radio.....you do it so well..... It seems you have tamed those nerves. Me......?? I'm afraid of losing it !! lol!!
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 5:08:00 PM
    An open mic night is where you go and sign in. Then everyone gets a turn to read a couple poems... If the list is done early they give everyone a change to read again... In St. Louis they're at Deli type eating places. They have a certain night a week or month set up... A reading is usually dedicated to a certain person or persons decided on ahead of time. No one else reads... UTube is popular but it's up to you to draw an audience to your video... Not always an easy thing to do...

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  1. Date: 10/18/2013 2:01:00 PM
    I have read in front of groups of various sorts.....love it! 'specially when i can read my boomerang poetry while throwing indoor booms!

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  1. Date: 10/18/2013 1:58:00 PM
    i agree Brian.... the value of real human contact is underrated these days....in my deli...I see over 300 cust's/day....many stroll in "eyes glued" to handheld gods (title of one of my older poems!) when i greet them, they seem startled, confused and insecure upon "contact" even fearful! thanks for "link" to your work! jmg

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    Richards Avatar Carrie Richards Date: 10/19/2013 10:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I fear that the handheld god of which you speak, is taking over the ability to communicate eye to eye, human to human....will be eventually evolve into mute beings who cannot interact without our eyes glued to a piece of technology?
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 9:44:00 AM
    Reciting your poetry on youtube is a good way to combine both of these choices Christine.I now have over 100 thereon,and it also includes some of my artwork .(It is a kind of update (some soupers may remember them) of my captioned cartoons published here when I blogged on soup).Have a good weekend every one.Rgds Brian

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  1. Date: 10/18/2013 8:59:00 AM
    Hi Christine I do lots of both, open mic's are not critiqued, poetry readings can be.....David

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  1. Date: 10/18/2013 6:44:00 AM
    Brian.....once again (as has happened innumerable times over the years I have had the privilege of listening to you) i am inspired to hold a "reading hour" with my extended family.....as a couple write! one of my Grand-Nephews WRITES MINDBLOWING SYFY! a bit graphic tho, I might say! for an 11yr old! schneikie tho.....his teachers love it! jimbo

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    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 10/18/2013 9:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    THank Jim for your comments today on my structured prose poetry.Which can also be found on youtube where I recite these verses aloud to prove my pint below(under name ichthyschiro).Have a good weekend.
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 5:45:00 AM
    Both fufill the true reason for poetry Christine ie ...writing to be read aloud..to another ..to create a unique 'as is moment' much the same as happens when we view a painting. Only then does an inanimate poem and/or a painting come alive.Rgds Brian

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