I've got two new shows coming up--one at my friend Flossie's bookstore, Carpe Librum, this Saturday at 2; and the other on April 2nd, 7 p.m., at the Laurel Theatre in Knoxville.
The book launch in February was such a high for me--jam-packed, and I had memorized at least 30 minutes of the show. I don't want to repeat myself, or compete with myself. So, how to make these upcoming events memorable?
We plan to have champagne at the bookstore, so that will be different from the university event (UT is a dry campus). And one of my students, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, will open for me. He's fabulous, and that will make us all happy (especially the girls!) Garrett Lee Bourdon--he's really talented, both as a poet and as a singer.
I'll read several new poems, so that will give us a change of pace.
At the Laurel, two of my grad students will open for me, Darren Jackson, and Josh Robbins. Both are talented poets; I hope to get a chance to rehearse with them. My husband will run sound for us (his hobby, and he's the best sound doctor in town!) I'm going to ask one of the local filmmakers to do a video for Red Room and YouTube. I was inspired to see Belle Yang's video, and would like to craft something unique to my work.
So, the show goes on! Memorizing poems is good for the brain, like learning a new language, keeps the little brain cells busy!
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.