Comments on a Reading
You create images with words you’ve carefully chosen & modeled into verse But in your droning monotone they fall lifeless before my ears my mind Breathe the fire you felt when you wrote that poem Let the words escape from your mouth the way they escaped from your imagination Let me hear the laughter the groans the serenity the anger Your words sputter out in a constant stream to stop dead before reaching my Spirit
The idea …. Take the poetry out of the coffeehouses & classrooms Take the voice to the streets Small groups 3 or 4 voices united Guerrilla strikes poetry readings Hit with the power of poems & disappear, then into the mundane life laundromats speaker’s circle shopping malls convenience stores police station waiting rooms wherever people are sludging through the mud of rutted life Strike with the word Then vanish DO IT!
On a ball court in Barrio Edén we set chairs around the stage-buffet we are laying creating a different space from the bar on the corner blaring tropical rhythms, from the traffic going some place some place else this Saturday night Families & neighbors take a seat, their hungering souls, hungering minds feasting on the songs & stories, poetry & mime—the visions we serve at this Cultural Banquet, a now & then breeze softly wiping away our sweat, softly swaying palms to our rhythms in this different space
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Wandering troubadour Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 250 journals on six continents; and 14 collections of poetry – including On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019) and Escape to the Sea (Origami Poems Project, 2021). She also authors travel narratives, articles and guidebooks. In March 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada honored her verse. Caputo has done literary readings from Alaska to the Patagonia. She travels through Latin America with her faithful companion Rocinante (that is, her knapsack), listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth.