The next Tunnel Traffic open-mic reading is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4, at Borjo Coffeehouse near Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
The event is open to the public.
Tunnel Traffic is a topical reading series, meaning writers write to a prompt in advance of the reading or read something that aligns to the prompt. For tomorrow’s event, the prompt is “anything with the word ‘test’ in it,” as per series creator Travis A. Everett.
Perfect end-of-the-semester topic. Ode to my Classical Rhetoric exam?
Yo, St. Augustine
you freewheeling scamp
rhetor of God
the hippest of Hippo
linguistic test of faith
holy multiple choice
you KO my GPA …
Really writes itself from there. Unlike the second essay question. And let me mention how I’m not in the poetry program.
I wonder what we’ll hear tomorrow.
We’ve been reminded this week about ODU’s former Virginia state delegate hiring program and all. I’m sure Mace and Crown staff will get around to covering it after we get a freaking Chipotle in University Village or something.
Say, I feel another poem-like thing coming on. I call it “Quid Pro Oh No”:
A delegate tried to secure funding
for a state university
with a string attached
and unlike the assembly
that bestows such funds
it wasn’t general at all – no! –
the string was specific,
tied to the assemblyman himself,
job hunting, job getting
in a ‘corrupt arrangement’
Boy. Need to work on that last line. And I didn’t get the word “test” in there. Nuts.
Oh yeah, Tunnel Traffic.
As I wrote here last month in a Q&A with Everett at this link, the series was developed by Everett in coordination with the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University. A sponsor is Barely South Review, the program’s online literary magazine. I’m in the MFA program, by way of full disclosure. It’s pretty awesome, so I’ll hope you’ll check out these links in this graf.
This is a casual, fun event.
As Everett said last month, via email:
Seeing how other writers approach the same task can help expand your sense of what words can do. It’s a low-pressure way to get reading experience.
The reading starts at at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, at Borjo at W. 45th Street and Monarch Way, Norfolk. More about Tunnel Traffic at this link.
A few oh-by-the-ways:
- I’ve started keeping track of some local arts events at this page, so please check it out if you are so inclined. Send events for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mostly I’ve tracked Tunnel Traffic, ODU readings, and stuff my pals are doing, but I’ll list other stuff, too. In exchange for a job at your organization. Just kidding, U.S. attorney’s office!
- Additionally, this blog’s new homepage address is www.jhdoucette.com. Bookmark or avoid as religious doctrine dictates.
- People accused of crimes are innocent until proven guilty. Even former state lawmakers.