Share your favorite poem at Ashley Inguanta’s Poetry Cover Night
Monday, July 16 â€“ Ashley Inguanta’s Poetry Cover Night
625 E. Central Blvd.
â€śFull fathom five thy father lies/Of his bones are coral made â€¦â€ť; â€śStop all the clocks, cut off the telephone â€¦â€ť; â€śI have eaten/the plums/that were in/the icebox â€¦.â€ť Itâ€™s hard enough to choose a favorite poem â€“ to choose just one, that is â€“ and it will be even more difficult for participants in local flash-fic phenom Ashley Inguantaâ€™s upcoming Poetry Cover Night to choose a poem to perform. The concept is brilliant in its simplicity; everyone loves a great cover version. But the dilemma before potential performers is the same as the one that confronts cover bands: Is it best to go with a lesser-known work you can totally own, or to put your own mark on a favorite that everyone knows? While I might choose a less recognizable and/or more modern poem than those quoted earlier (free tip: just about anything Sharon Olds ever wrote would kill), thereâ€™s undeniable joy for the audience in knowing the chorus. And just think how awesome it would be to hear a roomful of people chanting, â€śLet us go then, you and I/When the evening is spread out against the sky/Like a patient etherized upon a table,â€ť (etc., etc.), in unison. Please do go and make your visit. â€“ Jessica Bryce Young