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spacer.gif   Chicago Poetry Open Mic. Celebrates National Poetry Month
Posted by : cj on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 10:33 PM
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One of the coolest poetry open mics in Chicago, the second Saturday Poetry Cram at Cafe Ballou, 939 N. Western Ave, celebrated National Poetry Month with readings by about 15 talented poets on Saturday, April 10.

Despite a so-called performance by a completely rude and insensitive duo who thought it was cute to make jokes about child abuse (see bottom of page), the evening was otherwise filled with excellent poetry and the place was packed, even though it was a beautiful spring night out.

The Poetry Cram always happens from 7 to 9 PM, with the next one happening on May 8. Mark your calendar and bring some poetry to share.

Here are some photos from the National Poetry Month Cram.






Olga Chavez.


Lee Groban.


Stella Radulescu.


Vito Carli.


Charlie Rossiter.


Luis Valadez.


Sue Cargill.



My apologies go out to those who were so offended by these guys that they left my show early.

These two guys went on way over the time limit with an extremely pointless bit about a child who enjoys getting raped and beat up by his father. Their extremely sick crap was so offensive that several people actually left the venue in disgust, one of whom was scheduled to read. That's not cool. I work extremely hard promoting my shows in order to get people to come to them and I don't appreciate this type of selfishness. A famous poet (who shall remain nameless) even had to fight off the urge to stab one of these sickos in the eye, but luckily he also left peacefully.

I let these guys do their set, because it was an open mic after all, but after the show I tried to tell them how uncool what they were doing was and how if people are leaving during their performance then that should tell them something, but they became belligerent and they sort of cornered me and they started arguing with me about whatever dumb ass message their crap was suppose to be making. I once again tried to nicely inform them that if the only ones who "got" their message was themselves, then they were failing and perhaps they should rethink what they were doing, but they got even more belligerent and they tried to tell me that the only reason I didn't "get it" was because I had some type of posh or easy childhood.

That's when I pretty much went ballistic on their asses and I shouted at them about how they don't know the first thing about me, how despite it all they completely suck, and how totally uncool it is to make fun of victims of child abuse.

These are the types of guys who merely want attention. The entire point of their performance was to cause people to argue with them after the show, as if that in itself is something "deep". But really, when something sucks that bad it just sucks, and sucking isn't deep it is merely sucking. What they don't seem to understand is that what sucked the most about their performance was the WRITING.

--CJ Laity


Note: Here are some photos from the National Poetry Month Cram at Cafe Ballou.

 
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