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Wed, Mar. 28th, 2007, 09:49 am
calm_waters:

i don't want to believe that poetry is a dead, lost art. i have so little to convince me otherwise.

where are the open mics?

where is the living word (a beautiful sequence of eloquence or the spewings of rotting minds)?

i don't take myself so seriously... are poets today required to be pretentious?

tell me where to go to read and hear poems worthy of an ear!

Wed, Mar. 28th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
lasardth

I truly don't believe it is a dead, lost art. I sometimes feel that Portland isn't the happening place for it. In part your quest is a big reason I created this community.

I would check out http://www.myspace.com/poetryportland as folkhero seems to be doing something for Poetry in Portland.

Thu, Mar. 29th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
calm_waters

i've been posting poetry on livejournal for years. the intarweb venue is not nearly as stimulating as hearing the spoken word. i guess i knew more about where to go for that

Thu, Mar. 29th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
calm_waters

"i guess i *wish i knew more about where to go for that"

hmm..

Thu, Mar. 29th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
gone_mickey

never fear, you've just been looking in the wrong places!

There're two weekly open mics that I recommend- Tuesdays at Alberta St. Public House, Mondays at Tony's Tavern on W Burnside. Then there is one that happens sometimes at Proper Eats in St. Johns, but you have to sign up for that in advance with Dan Raphael. There's a regular reading at the NW Library, and a second-Monday reading at Borders.

They don't call Portland "Poetland" for nothing.

Thu, Mar. 29th, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
calm_waters

around what hours do these shindigs begin? the monday/ tuesday ones you mentioned. i'm not good for signing up in advance *smile* ...

Thu, Mar. 29th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
gone_mickey

Monday at tony's starts around 8 (officially), but always starts late and goes late. Alberta St on Tuesday, sign up is at 7, and they start promptly at 7:30.

Hope you come! It's loads of fun and everyone is a blast to be with :) Plus, there's mighty fine pomes...

Thu, Mar. 29th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
somanyroses

Yes, what gone_mickey said. And the readings at Somedays Lounge. And I just heard Marvin Bell read at the Central Library tonight. Poetry is anything but dead in Portland, my friend--and some of it is actually good. ;) Come out, come out, little poet lamb!

Thu, Mar. 29th, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
calm_waters

lamb? not sure... but i can sometimes speak with goats :D

where is somedays? (i want badly to take this question out of context and cut it apart with snide answers but we can't really go about answering our own questions with nonsense answers, can we? what would be learned?)

Thu, Mar. 29th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
somanyroses

It's next door to Backstreets in Old Town, where all the best poetry and art can be found. Yes, I have been waiting here by my computer all night, waiting for your inevitable question about where to find Somedays.

Thu, Mar. 29th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
zenogeav

how is that I have not heard of this 'somedays' place? *blinks*

Thu, Mar. 29th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
somanyroses

I don't know, I think I've mentioned it before on LJ. They have $5 cover shows where you can hear 9, 10 fabulous artists perform--writers, musicians, etc. Very young, hip crowd.

Fri, Mar. 30th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
calm_waters

it is so funny that you say that. i recall (bleary eyed, it was early/late though i don't remember the exact hour) thinking how i would need to wait until after i've slept for an answer to "where is somedays". and how pixellated text person ="somanyroses" is probably sleeping, which is probably decent.

yet there you are! my question, answered not two minutes later. miracles.