VIRTUAL: POETRY OPEN MIC NIGHT

Join us for a virtual open mic night for poetry! Limit 15 participants, but open to unlimited attendees. Email events@belmontbooks.com to register.

If you'd like to participate, please prepare 1-2 poems or about 5 minutes total per person. There will be no prizes, just come and share your work! Original poems only; they do not need to be memorized. 

When you register via email, please let us know if you would like to participate, or just observe.

And it was at that age … Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don’t know, I don’t know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don’t know how or when,
no they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
with names,
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
deciphering
that fire,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
nonsense,
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
unfastened
and open,
planets,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
riddled
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
void,
likeness, image of
mystery,
felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.

––Pablo Neruda, "Poetry"

Event date: 

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Virtual

Ticketed Event: 

No

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Age Group(s): 

Young Adult (13 - 18)
Adult (19 - Boomer)