When I was at school, the word poetry used to make me want to come down with a ‘headache’ and run to the sick room (for about 45 mins until it was over… and then I’d amazingly recover. Especially if the next session was art. Or lunch).
Poetry nights are not what they used to be and if these here events had been around when I was younger in the way they are today, I’m certain I’d have felt very differently about the whole poetry world. Poetry is music, friends, laughter, NOISE, participation, exploration… and very little has to do with the rigidity of rhyming couplets.