The Inspired Mic rises again this month at Leroy’s 19th Hole at Cypress Knoll. Each month we bring fourteen presenters who deliver their creative talent in myriad mediums. The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. This month, we’ve drawn a speaker from New Jersey! Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10 in advance, $15 at the door! You may get tickets in person at Change Jar Books, Flagler Beach Gift Shop, The BeachHouse Beanery, and Leroy’s 19th Hole. You may also purchase advance tickets at The Inspired Mic.
Not so long ago a college friend joked – or did he – that I could tell others I am a former government bureaucrat who now dabbles in poetry. Indeed in my former status I actually wrote a lot though not in verse. But I suspect I have a poet guardian angel.
I am grateful to have a gift for writing poetically whether it be poetry itself or poetic prose. It’s often a sing-song rhythm, a melody, in which I use elements of poetic construction such as assonance, consonance, imagery, meant to touch, to evoke what you’ve felt or known but haven’t said or have forgotten. Or to take you on a trip just because you paused to read or listen. It’s my pain and joy to write, but it’s a pleasure to share what exists once the ink has dried.
Poetry is a mystery even to the poet. Lately I have taken in a couple modern poets (my Muse is on vacation), foremost Billy Collins – he’s unique and merits your curiosity both about his poetry and the many interviews he has given. He’s even on Facebook. He believes that poetry is the only history we have of human emotions. Think of that! And for him, poetry begins in secrecy, as far from the public eye as possible, while its movement from privacy into a public sphere is an after-the-fact activity. This is probably one reason some poets find it so difficult to promote themselves. It’s my excuse or rationale … Meantime, I’ll promote poetry and other poets!
This St. Patrick’s Day will not be the first time I have stepped up to the Inspired Mic’s plate. I’m beyond the one-year anniversary now. It has been richly rewarding though I am unsettled as to what I’ll actually present this time round. It’s unlikely to have a St. Pat’s theme and Mike assures me that’s OK. That takes some pressure off …