The night of December 17th, Hasting’s Hardback Café in Enid, Oklahoma, opened their doors to host an open mic poetry night. The intimate setting was filled with talented writers from the Enid community, sharing their souls as they read their poetry. Each artist had a different approach as they performed. Some were loud and bold, others shy and sweet. Each artist, no matter what their style, searched the audience when they finished reading for signs of approval that their work was heard and understood.
A diverse group of people gathered to enrich their minds and fill their senses as they listened to each poet share his or her work. The poet’s writings ranged from visual to perceptual. The crowd ranged from a minister to a tattooed musician. Each artist respected their fellow creative brother or sister as they stood before the audience.
Much of the poetry reflected feelings of pain, sadness, and insanity. Poets write of these things to heal themselves and hopefully speak to others needing the therapeutic energy of poetry. One poem titled, “Book of Twisted Faces,” by Daniel Cerny, was an interesting look at misunderstood postings on Facebook. Daniel has his first collection of poetry, The Psychosis of Society, published and available for sale. He said a lot of his poems show how other people’s psychosis interacts with our own.
A young talented red- headed mother stood before us and received thunderous applause for her poem on judging others. The audience related as she forced us to look inside of ourselves.
The crowd snapped their fingers in appreciation of Linda Pope’s poem, “Silver Shoes.” After the event, one of the employees of Hastings walked over to Linda Pope, looked her in the eye and said, “Thank you for sharing your poems. I was listening while working, and it made my shift fly by. Your visual imaginary took me away from stocking shelves and into the world of your poetry.”
One man stood before us and shared how we create ourselves to reflect what we want people to think of us. He made us ponder when he showed in his words how what we are crafting is a lie of who we are. He revealed in constructing ourselves for other people we stood for everything, which really means we stand for nothing. There was hope in his poem that we can become a blank slate, start over, and find our true authentic self.
At the heart of the open mic poetry night, the manager, Starr Thrasher, and her assistant, Mike Koch, wanted each artist to feel proud of their talents and of themselves. Pleased that they put their fears behind them and shared their gift at the first open mic poetry night. Hastings Hardback Café will be the location of future poetry readings. After the holidays, a live music night will also be added to the creative atmosphere Hasting’s of Enid is so generous to create.
o Hastings is located at 610 S Cleveland Street, in Enid, Oklahoma.
o The Psychosis of Society, by Daniel Cerny can be ordered by E-mail at SpatialDC.email@example.com.