Dear Friends and Followers:
If you live in the Chicago metro area, please come to my poetry reading and book signing of my new title, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, this Sunday, June 28. It will be at Brewed Awakening in Westmont, IL, 12:30 p.m. The cafe is located right across from the train station at 19 W. Quincy.
I will be reading many forms of my poetry, not just haiku and senryu. I am delighted to have been invited by Wilda Morris of Poets & Patrons in Chicago. An open mic will follow.
I encourage all poets to do readings as frequently as you can, whether special readings or even open mics. Poetry has been a performance art since about the Middle Ages when poets would perform it in public at various gathering. If you aren’t used to getting out in public and reading, try smaller events first, and invite your friends and family who will give you support. Before too long, even if you are shy by nature, you will become comfortable at it! I guarantee it.
I’ve always found that if I really force myself to do something that doesn’t come naturally to me, sooner or later I end up loving to do it. You will feel the same. Forty years ago, I often wasn’t outgoing in many situations, but by practice, I trained myself.
At poetry readings you meet so many interesting people. I’ve found audiences to be friendly, not hostile. Only once in my life, decades ago, did someone come up to me after a special speaking engagement I did on creativity and tell me I should be trained to have a better tone of voice. Then, she added that she was a speech coach. I figure she was unsuccessful and looking for business. But what an awkward way of approaching someone, and rude, too! I actually felt sorry for the gauche person. Others who attended, complimented me and said they learned a lot.
Stay strong! Get out there and read, no matter what anyone says to you. You’ll be glad you persevered. And if you don’t have a support system, be your own cheerleader in life. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.