The Argo’s first Open Mic night was a great success. A big thank you to everyone who came out to share their work! We had a great turn-out of 25 people, half of which were readers, varied in voice and consistent with quality. We’ll be holding the next open mic a month from the last. Here’s the inaugural speech that kicked off the readings:
“A stiff breeze is blowing, the sun is shining: A sinner’s paradise.”
– Commentator, Kenora Centennial Regatta Newsreel, 1966
“Hello to you all.
I’m pleased as pink to hit restart on the Argo Open Mic, and to see you all here, patrons and patience alike. It seems to me that open forums like this are either difficult to go to, for lack of time or will, or just falling out of favor. My hope is that you all disagree with that preposterous supposition.
Whether many will read tonight, or a select few, here’s to the act of. Let’s keep our most biased valuations to ourselves, and let the dialogue of level-headed criticism play out. That is, after all, what poets do in a sense: Have a conversation with you.
Everyone here has been tremendously supportive, and knowing there are at least this many people willing to come out reassures me (albeit only slightly) that running a bookshop with two good friends wasn’t the most foolhardy decision I could have possibly made…
…That was my poem, by the way. Welcome!”