February 2017 Open Mic

Holy mac and cheese, January is already over. Only eleven months left in this year, am I right?

It’s time again to oil up those golden vocal cords and made some poetical noises. Just look at the easy to follow guidelines below.

I’m waiting for you!

The Skinny:

  1. Record yourself reading one of your own works.
  2. Post it on your site.
  3. Include a link to this site in your post.
    OR Comment on that month’s call for entries
    OR send me a message using the contact form.
  4. I will post a link with your name and poem title RIGHT HERE.
  5. It’s an open mic invitation. NOT a challenge.

Some tips:

  • Go simple.
    I record using my iPhone, then email/share the file with myself. I very rarely edit it, unless I really waited too long to start talking.
  • Want better quality?
    You can get a relatively inexpensive mic on Amazon that you can hook up to your computer. Some of there come with editing software. If I do edit, I use Audacity on the Mac. It’s free and pretty easy to use. There’s a version for Windows, too.
  • Hosting.
    If you pay WordPress to host your site, you can add your audio by clicking on the Add Media button in the post editor. Have the free WordPress? You have options.All of the sites below will let you upload audio. Some will host for free up to a certain amount of storage. (I think with Youtube, you’ll have to upload a movie, but you can use a still image and add your poem.)
  • Soundcloud
  • Audioboom
  • Youtube
  • Questions?
    Ask below or contact me using the contact form (up above). I’ll try to help you out!
  • And if you have any tips, feel free to share them!

February 2017


Crumpled Paper Cranes such is her finesse
words: https://crumpledpapercranes.com/2016/08/23/such-is-her-finesse/
audio: https://soundcloud.com/cpcranes/such-is-her-finesse-a-poem?in=cpcranes/sets/poetry-by-cpcranes


Rivrlogr Old Leaf New Leaf
words AND audio: https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/old-leaf-new/


Pleasant Street Lengthy Courtship
words: https://areyouthrilled.com/2017/02/08/lengthy-courtship/


Poet Rummager (Rose) Fifty Words Story – Burn
words AND audio: https://poetrummager.com/2017/02/10/fifty-words-story-burn/


crow sea beast
words: https://wordsandfeathers.com/2016/10/10/sea-beast-20161010/


Pleasant Street Awake
words: https://areyouthrilled.com/2017/02/15/awake/


Robert Okaji Letter from Kansas
words: https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/letter-from-kansas-poem-by-robert-okaji-me-at-17-poetry-and-prose-series/


Jim Feeney Auto
words AND audio: https://stopdraggingthepanda.com/2016/12/17/auto/


manicured wastelands without roots (20170221)

from the latin
sub “below, near”
and urbs (genitive urbis) “city”

so then, one might say
something beneath a city
fungus like
virulent and in the dark
but really
what else grows in shadows
and in shit

just so many mushroom capped
spore spreaders without
bearing the weight of skyscrapers
and the dreams that built them
stone on stone

the murder rate is lower
but the suicide rate is higher
in spite of the lack of tall buildings


dVerse ~ Poets Pub
Poetics – suburb poetry

if i messaged myself while trying to write a poem (20170216)

breaking into a sweat–no
breaking into a swear
after the nightly walk
breaking into a swear
after a twilight stroll

wouldn’t you break into a sweat during the stroll?

that’s i why changed it to swear

don’t act like you knew where this train was going
you just bought the ticket
sight unseen
you didn’t even wonder about
the direction the tracks pointed–

breaking into a swear
following the course
of our discourse

very clever

you know what? fuck off

you always resort to swearing
when you run out of things to say

that’s kind of the point