Roving poets in waitressing outfits (optional teacups, cupcakes etc!) with menus offer a choice of poems. Poetry Menu entertains with short, intimate and inspiring poetry performances – often reaching those who don’t usually interact with poetry and become converts!
Poetry Menu is usually performed in pairs in specific areas, flexible to surroundings and themes. It’s perfect to help promote a festival or program or as an event in itself. We set up a mini cafe area for participants / passers by to taste the menu or we can be mobile and rove around an area. There are many memorable moments of interaction and serendipity from the mini performances to small groups.
Poetry menu reaches out to those who may not have experienced live poetry before, or may not be able to afford or attend shows or readings as well as those who already have an interest in poetry and arts. Participants are often pleasantly surprised how enjoyable and accessible poetry is.
Here’s some pics of the roving poetry menu (minus cafe props)…. thanks to the Albany Arts Centre participants!
Blind Poetry Menu
In a small room, cordoned off area, tent or marquee (needs to be a fairly quiet area) a small group at a time sit on chairs in circle with eyes closed while they are read one or two poems at a time. Two poets alternate readings or share lines moving around the space and use simple sound effects and/or sensory aromas to help evoke the mood of the poetry. This is an exquisite experience for participants! An usher holds the queue outside.
Or I could develop a longer program with more poets, sound effects and sensory input – that would be lots of fun!