ozarque (ozarque) wrote,
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ozarque

This journal has been placed in memorial status. New entries cannot be posted to it.

Personal note, explained....

My scheduled experiment this morning was to go give a ninety-minute talk in town [town of a couple of thousand people] at the Grand Opening of our brand new and very spiffy public library. My topic was science fiction poetry, and my time slot was 10:00 a.m.

I was fully expecting to have an audience of nobody at all. People in my area aren't all that interested in science fiction; people in the U.S. [which includes my area] aren't all that interested in poetry; and at 10:00 a.m. on a Friday morning most people are, quite reasonably, either working or at school.

Much to my surprise and pleasure, there were five people waiting to hear whatever I might have to say about science fiction poetry. They liked all five of the poems that I read, they asked excellent questions and they participated in an interesting and energetic discussion.

There you go. An experiment that succeeded. Even without the advantages that Cowboy Poetry has -- without the horses, the campfires, the covered wagons, the Stetsons, the pistols, and all the rest of the romantic doodads -- it succeeded.

It would be enormously helpful if sf poets could take dragons with them to poetry events.
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