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Open Mic Magic With The Ancient City Poets

So today was the Monthly Ancient City Poets Open Mic Poetry Reading. Summer Daze was the theme. I read my poem "The Beach and The Bay", which is currently out for contest with FSPA (so I won't be putting it here in my post), but it was well-received. A fun poem about hot, sunny days at the beach, picnics, sand castle building and dreams of whimsy, dragons and playful sweetness.

So many talented poets and writers were there today from all over Northern Florida. It always is a treat to attend these events, always good to hear other artists work. Inspirational. A chance to socialize. I am so much a hermit, I think writers are a bit anti-social, it comes with the territory. You need to take time alone to write, to mull, to think of things. Anyway I do. And, for me, writing is how I communicate. I don't express myself well in things that matter with my spoken words, I express myself best with my written words. I have to be able to sit and think, write it down just so, work the words to express what I want to say "just so". So many times I can't verbalize what I want to say out loud, at the moment. Not if it's really important, not under pressure. It comes out wrong many times. That's why I write. I'm a writer, it is who I am.

Poetry is one of my many art forms. I am a creative person. I crochet, make jewelry, scrapbook, do crafts, paste things together, make art..... Poetry is my passion. Writing is an essential part of who I am. So, today I got to do something very special, I shared my words and got to hear other people share their special words.

It was a good day
as ancient poets shared their words
flowing artistry

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I'd love to attend a regular open mic night - to listen, rather than read but I've not found one here (in English). However, when I attended a writing course a few years ago and we had an open mic evening, my hands were shaking soooo much I was unable to focus on the words and I stumbled all the way through. It was so embarrassing! That was fiction but my true passion is poetry. Like you I am also creative. When I'm not gardening or working on WF, I like to paint, mosaic and write poetry.

(so I won't be putting it here in my post), but it was well-received. A fun poem about hot, sunny days at the beach, picnics, sand castle building and dreams of whimsy, dragons and playful sweetness.

When you need a private space to workshop poetry or fiction which is not visible to guests, new members or search engines we have the workshop area :)
https://www.writingforums.com/forums/256-WORKSHOPS
 
Thank you PiP. I will remember that about the workshops. It is one of the big reasons I joined the forum. I am a member of a writer's group and they helped me with a poem I had been working on for years. And, yes, reading in public is daunting at first, but if you stick with it every time becomes easier. If you find a place you could participate I encourage you to, it is fun and satisfying to share your work with fellow writers and the general public. Anyway, just listening is fun too.
 

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