My first slam – Tell Tale 45

I reworked Love letter #1 and turned it into this.  This was what I was going to read, but after three lines I froze.  I froze and stood their silent until the judge said “time,” about five times.  So I stood there for 3 minutes.  Wow.  That was a bit embarrassing, but it was actually great.  I got off that stage and got about 20 hugs and everyone clapped.  I also feel like I still accomplished something cool, and now I have a great story, and I met allot of amazing and very supportive artists.  So my next reading is April 28th.  I know I can do it and have my paper before me if I need it, but I do not think I will.  So that went well, depending on how you look at it.  I think it was probably more painful for the people watching then for me.  So there you go, I am a performance artist.  Sort of.

19 thoughts on “My first slam – Tell Tale 45

  1. Like you say, it’s a great story to tell. But now you know what it’s like to be up there… you’ll be ready for it next time. Your reading was gorgeous – you have a great voice.

    I’ve never read my work in front of people but I do speak in public a lot… I think the only thing you have to remember is not to rush it once you’re up there (even writing ‘breath’ in between some of the lines can be a big help!).

  2. I’m so glad you read it for us! It is a beautiful poem, read with perfect pace and in a captivating voice.
    You are no ‘Betty Generic.’ You are YOU and have so much to offer. We know it, I hope you know it and soon your live audiences will know it. With love and total understanding from Ireland, jx

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