Thursday, February 26, 2009

Poetry to Feed the Soul and Mind

Fresh Ink, a new author series at the Visual Arts Center debuted tonight with two poets doing the reading.

Carol Ann Davis and James Hoch were very different stylistically, which made for a most enjoyable contrast in what the audience heard. I couldn't have been the only one who appreciated the contrast.

Davis' work was far more introspective and even she acknowledged having to look for "something lighter" to read us toward the end. Her poems had the loveliest phrasing and, not surprisingly, I could relate to her female take on things.

On the other hand, much of Hoch's poetry contained a great deal of humor, both overt and implied. Not all of it was humorous by any means, but when it was there, it caused many of us to chuckle or even laugh out loud.

I know poetry readings aren't for everyone, but then neither is poetry. In my humble opinion, though, far more people would appreciate poetry if they heard it read, rather than just reading it silently themselves as is so often the case.

Not sure I'm right? Close your eyes and imagine a lover reading a poem to you.

Especially when it's read by the author, poetry read aloud can be a beautiful experience.

And who isn't looking for beautiful experiences?

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