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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

June Poetry Calendar up at FlashPaperPoetry

I have posted a new calendar from Tom Prunier (actually a revival of the old calendar) for Richmond Poetry Events over at FlashPaperPoetry. This supplements the Day by Day page on the site and highlights spoken word events. These events are all current and happening!

(doesn't mention my reading 11 am Saturday at the Norge library in Williamsburg)

On my regular calendar, I usually highlight academic/bookstore/gallery poetry events and readings, with a few open mikes thrown in rather than much of the 'spoken word' and 'slam' events.

Some of these events tend to run or start late at night, often in bars, and being neither a smoker nor drinker I don't get to many of them (I actually saw a blog that said 'come get drunk at so-and-so poetry slam- I'm guessing the poetry isn't the major attraction). Also, the events seem to come and go at random and I don't like to send people to events that may not happen.

While there is some crossover (not as much as I'd like to see) the truth is there is a divided community of poets in Richmond, the university set, the slam/spoken word set, and the rest of us [shmocks]. I don't know how to bring the groups together, though I'd like to think I've been trying for about fifteen years.

1 comment:

DLUXTHELIGHTblog said...

This is a division that exist all over. I wish people would do the art of poetry justice and recognize that spoken word is just another form of poetry. If everyone embraced that view, there would be room for the new school poets and the old school poets.

Keep on pushing.

The Spoken Word Hip Hop Poet.