My Whole Expanse I Cannot See…

I formulate infinity stored deep inside of me…

Oct 30

Open mic night

Category: Life

Last night was my very first open mic night. There’s this little cafe in down-town St. Petersburg, Cafe Bohemia, and every Thursday night is open mic night. They have a stage set up in this really pretty outdoor courtyard for poets and musicians to do their thing under the starry night sky. I found out about it totally by accident, but it was exactly the sort of thing I’d been wanting to find for so long, a place for creative types to just put there stuff out there for a live audience. Applause are different than blog comments. A silent audience says more than a post with no comments at all. So, there was one other writer, Jimmy, and a bunch of musicians, generally really good musicians. I picked out seven pieces of my flash fiction/poetry…

Suicide Party


Brown eyes, and a kiss

A beautiful fix

For her

The push

A nothing of a prayer

I just needed a voice for my words. Jimmy, being a writer and all, with his own poems to read later, he let me borrow his voice. He read my stuff well, and the audience responded the same. I got decent applause for each. I heard one fellow say of Golems, “That was was haunting.” It felt good to put my stuff right in front of people, scary and exciting, all at once. Some musicians played next, then Jimmy read his stuff, then more musicians played.   The place had such a good vibe, people having a really great time. I showed off some writing. Some friends were there, I talked to them. I met some new people. I stayed to close the place, and went home to nothing but my thoughts.


3 Comments so far

  1. Annie Flanagan October 30th, 2009 6:45 pm

    my dear friends own cafe bohemia. i think it’s so cool that you discovered a place to share your gift. i’m glad. very glad.

  2. mama October 30th, 2009 10:31 pm

    Wow Mike. Fantastic to hear you shared your poems. I would love to go there sometime. Sounds like a warm, free, and nourishing place.

  3. concrete_bubble (kelly) October 31st, 2009 9:54 pm

    That sounds like so much fun! That guy was right, Golems is haunting.