The Tucson Festival of Books was a great event. I didn’t get to spend as much timer there as I had originally intended, but it was nice to walk around and see how many people in the area are interested in books. I got to take part in a poetry slam, though it wasn’t a true slam so much as an open mike since we didn’t have a lot of people who were bold enough to compete.
I wasn’t planning on attending, so I had to read some poems off of my iPod. It was a little awkward, but looking foolish on stage is a fear I got over a long time ago. I even managed to tell a joke that didn’t go over too well with the younger poets in the crowd.
Q: How do you get a poet off your porch?
A: Pay for your pizza.
Luckily, my older poet friends did enjoy the joke. Sometimes it really is the audience that matters.