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Open-Mic Poetry Reading on April 24

open_micEDITOR’S NOTE: As a celebration of National Poetry Month, we’re extending an invitation to you, in verse, to the Open-Mic Poetry Reading event.

Open-Mic Poetry Reading,

12:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Now, I overheard a rumor,

And I wish I’d heard it sooner,

About poets lacking humor:

“They’re a dry, dreary bunch


Who take themselves so serious.

Making list’ners delirious

With pond’rous thoughts, they weary us

Then serve a catered lunch.”


If you think poets need tweaking

And it’s me you’re now critiquing

Because from your cares you’re seeking

Some respite, some relief.


I’ll do my part to remedy,

And since the soul of levity

Demands we practice brevity,

I’ll keep my comments brief.


Come one, come all; the Open Mic

Beckons poets of every stripe.

Laugh, bare your soul or vent a gripe,

But most of all, have fun.


Falvey’s first floor provides the space;

In Speakers’ Corner it takes place.

Nourish your soul; relax your pace.

We’ll meet from noon till one.


Gerald Dierkes is an information services specialist for the Information and Research Assistance team,  senior copyeditor for the Communication and Publications team, and a liaison to the Department of Theater.



  1. Comment by Interested reader — April 22, 2013 @ 11:03 AM

    Great post!

  2. Comment by James Miller — April 25, 2013 @ 4:56 PM

    This is relay good poem, thanks for writing.

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