The next Albany Poets Presents (Tuesday, November 6, starting at 8:00PM) at Valentines will be an open mic with a bit of a twist.
Last month Mary Panza laid down the challenge…perform the best dramatic reading of the worst song lyrics and you win a featured reading at the Poets Speak Loud open mic at the Lark Tavern in the future, even if you have already featured.
I then gave an example of what we are looking for by reading the lyrics to the extremely famous song, Escape by Rupert Holmes:
I was tired of my lady, we’d been together too long.
Like a worn-out recording, of a favorite song.
So while she lay there sleeping, I read the paper in bed.
And in the personals column, there was this letter I read:
“If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
If you’re not into yoga, if you have half-a-brain.
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape.
I’m the lady you’ve looked for, write to me, and escape.”
If you do not have any bad lyrics with you on Novemeber 6, don’t worry, you can still read your own poetry through out the evening at the open mic.
Remember that the December edition of Albany Poets Presents is the Second Annual Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength. Stay tuned for more details on the “most innovative, interesting, and irrelevant annual event at a poetry and spoken word open mic in upstate New York”.