After taking a March Break anticipation was high for the Poetry Month Open Mic, April 8, at the Haviland Club. Due to illness, featured guest John Smith, PEI’s first poet laureate, was unable to attend, but hopes to read at the June Open Mic.
Instead, current laureate Dianne invited everyone to take a blank sheet and write a short poem about what the word “spring” brought to mind (this howlling, rainy night). Then she attempted the impossible—to fill in for John Smith, PEI’s best reader. She bravely read some of her very new poems, in forms new to her: sijos, pantoums and villanelles, most in a humorous vein. Themes included becoming a grandmother, at last, and the horrors of the worst winter in years.
During intermission, everyone had time to work on their clothesline poems and to pin them on the clothesline running the length of the Great Room, to be read aloud by each poet end of the evening.
Ten readers signed up, eight of them reading their own poetry.
See the clothesline poetry photos below: