I had the pleasure of attending not just one, but two open mic poetry groups this past week on Friday, October 15, 2010. It was my first time attending both events. I’ve always loved to write poetry but never did I seek out poetry groups to be a part of until now. If you’ve ever felt the same way, I highly suggest you check out some of these wonderful poetry groups!
It’s very inspiring to hear the poetic works of other like-minded individuals here in the area and it’s a way for you to share your work and get some valuable feedback on how your work was received by the audience. I know for sure that I will find myself attending more of these events!
Check out my review of Nathan M. Richardson’s Poetry, Prose, and Pizza open mic event from Oct.15
– this is the first poetry group I attended that night.
Also, check out Nathan M. Richardson’s other poetry meetup group, The Java Poetry open mic, which Synnika Lofton also hosts with Nathan; it’s next meetup is tonight, October 20.
Today, I’d like to share a review of the second poetry group open mic I attended, Synnika’s The Prime Time Poetry Show held in Downtown Norfolk at the Bean There Cafe.
After Nathan’s Poetry, Prose, and Pizza, I was excited to hear some more poetry from other local poets in the area, so I headed over to Synnika’s The Prime Time Poetry Show, which started at 9:00pm and ended that night at 11:00pm.
Of course, I got there a bit late after coming from Nathan’s poetry group held at the Russell Memorial Library on Taylor Road in Chesapeake. Quietly, I walked in… took my seat… as the Bean There Cafe was already alive with the sound of poetry!
I noticed how the atmosphere felt like more of an intimate setting, providing a sense of a close-knit connection between the regular members of this group. This group tonight, was about half the size of those in attendance at Nathan’s poetry group, about 20 spectators of poetry filled the cafe.
The audience was very accepting of each poet’s work and performance. They were very responsive and reactive to the emotions a poet’s poem revealed; providing you instantaneous feedback on how much they were enjoying the poetic words being read. They are certainly a lively group, full of enthusiasm!
After a few poets were up on stage, Synnika started to offer a few fun giveaways. Synnika Lofton is a poet/recording artist and definitely a most gracious, animated, ebullient host passionate about sharing the world of poetry with others through his group!
Some of his giveaways included The Prime Time Poetry Show Mixtape CDs of the previous week’s show. In order to “win” one of these, Synnika would quiz the audience with a question about one of the poems read that night. Definitely a surefire way to see who’s been paying attention — right?
Check back later for an exclusive interview with Synnika Lofton about The Prime Time Poetry Show! Until then, interviews part one: His beginning and part two: His thoughts on poetry now available! More parts soon to come! Subscribe for free email updates and you won’t miss when the next interview posts!
Some memorable quotes from that night include:
“The Prime Time Poetry Show Mixtape CDs don’t have a “skip” function to easily fast forward to a favorite part or just to find your own performance. It’s set up this way because you have to experience the whole show!” – Synnika
“The reason why I am so successful is because I continue to put so much out there — I become undeniable!” – Synnika
“Me and the computer don’t get along, but me and the paper — we do just fine!” – Mizz Kitty
(Refers to her attempt to read her poem saved on her laptop which she had to fumble with to operate…)
-“First time I think we’ve had a poet bring up a laptop to read from!” – Synnika
The most memorable poem of the night was a poem written and read by Mizz. Kitty. It was a personal story about how after 26 years, her true love she lost long ago finally found her again just recently. It was such a touching retelling of their story and how they reunited. Her poetry is a perfect example of what poetry is… it tells of a personal experience which touches the heart and soul of the reader, or in this case, the listener! She ends the poem with, if it is meant to be, “… it will happen in God’s time!” And I am happy to report that these two long lost loves are finally getting married soon after 26 years of separation! Congrats, Mizz Kitty and may you have continued happiness and a blessed union with your one true love!
Your Chesapeake Poetry Examiner also participated and read her poem ‘Eclipse of Darkness’ written in response to the night’s writing prompt, the poem can be viewed in this Poetic News Spin.
If you attended this event, any thoughts about this poem shared or about any other poems of the night? Share your comments about The Prime Time Poetry Show below!
Synnika ended the night with a few of his own poems: Imperfect Renaissance, Black Moses, and his poem written in response to the night’s writing prompt: Conservative Roaches Eating Too Much in President Obama’s house.
Synnika’s The Prime Time Poetry Show meets every Friday night at 9:00pm-10:30pm at the Bean There Cafe on City Hall Ave, Downtown Norfolk. Plan to show up early, around 8:30pm if you would like to sign up to read for the night!
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