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Back by popular demand! A Salon Poetry Extravaganza, offering a RARE CHANCE to spend an evening wallowing in POETRY and ENJOYING doing so, REGARDLESS of whether you ordinarily can stomach it!


Five ways to participate!


1.  Bring your own work to read aloud, not for “slamming” or critique, but to hear how the rest of us respond emotionally and philosophically to your words and visions.  Give us a snapshot of your soul!


2.  Bring a favorite piece by Someone Else to read aloud and share why it turns you on.


3.  Join in the Ransom Note Poetry Project!  You know what a classic ransom note looks like–a bunch of words cut from magazines and glued into a threatening message.  This is almost the same thing.  Everyone collects a bunch of words and/or phrases plucked from their own poetry, that of others, or any piece of writing whatsoever–novels, magazine articles, advertisements, newspapers, grocery lists, insurance policies–anything provocative, profound, profane–that you think just might make a fine line in a stupendous work created by the group mind of the salon liberally assisted by random forces.  This is a bit of a pain, but we ask that you print your words out by hand or with a computer printer so that the letters are roughly a HALF INCH high.  BRING AS MANY WORDS AND PHRASES AS YOU CAN, cut into word or phrase-sized units, whichever seems most useful.  The m`ore units we have, the better.  Working as a group, we’ll use them to assemble what surely will be MASTERPIECES.


4.  Join in on a round or two of the surrealists’ poetry-writing game, Exquisite Corpse. It’s easy and won’t put you on The Spot. See,


5.  Show up empty-handed and participate in whatever discussion arises from a bunch of people spending time in close proximity to a lot of fancy words.  What is poetry?  Does the world need more (or less) of it?  If this goes like it did last time, we will listen to someone read something, discuss what we heard for a bit, try some Ransom Note work, listen to someone else read, talk some more, make another Ransom Note attempt, etc  The conversation  is likely to drift into areas like the creative process, writer’s block, language as art, advertising and propaganda, bad English teachers, the Internet and the democratization of publishing and, of course, the substantive notions expressed in the works that people read and that emerge from the Ransom Note stuff.


Feel free to invite your poet and poetry-loving friends!






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