About 10 years ago I started the
sound of Dolphins open poetry + spokenword showcase at an
undisclosed location in Burlington Massachusetts as a way
to begin a community for poets + writers somewhere outside
of Beantown. Version 1.0 was a smashing success + we enjoyed
several years of casual-style, round-robin poetry reading
on a monthly basis throughout the mid to late 1990s.
Now, 10 years later, I feel it is
time to begin again, to open up and share poetry + spokenword,
to 'live life aloud' as my good friend Marcel Kopp would say.
Please join us on Thursday, May 27 2004 at The Javaroom in
Chelmsford, Massachusetts for the rebirth of the sound of
Dolphins. The event is absolutely free and begins at about
6:30 pm. Bring your original poetry or short writings. Bring
your favourites by the classics or modernday writers. Bring
your heart + mind + your imagination as we celebrate words
+ sounds and live life out loud.
I am hoping to make this a monthly
or quarterly event at The Javaroom. I frequent the cafe quite
frequently and highly recommend you stop by as often as possible
and enjoy the coffee + food + beverages, enjoy the ambience
+ the local musicians, writers and poets. It is the perfect
setting for meeting friends and family over a croissant +
The suggested topic for Episode
1 : Rebirth + Frustration — will hopefully allow us
to discuss the original concept of the sound of Dolphins and
play a cassette of the late Marcel Kopp reading a piece to
ceremonious ly start us off in version 2.0. Although I typically
suggest a topic for each Episode — it is not necessary
to adhere or limit yourself regarding the types of writing
or subject matter you bring to the group.
- NO foul language, violent topics,
derogatory topics — all readings MUST be appropriate
for all ages and for a respectable public setting.
- You do not need to sign up in
advance to participate — but it is recommended and
- We will circle the group several
times. Each Dolphin has about 5 minutes per 'round' or 'circle'.
- Although we are 'living life
aloud', the group needs to keep it's volume of noise at
an appropriate level for The Javaroom and it's patrons.
I suggest we stay at about '5' — and I will judge
and adjust the group accordingly.
Feel free to contact lou suSi with
any questions about the group at 617.750.2922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sound of Dolphins version 2.0 open
poetry + spokenword showcase is happy to announce it's revival
at a fantastic new location. On Thursday, May 27 2004 the
sound of Dolphins will begin version 2.0 at approximately
6:30 PM at The
Javaroom in Ginger Ale Plaza in Chelmsford Massachusetts.
The evening's 'catch phrase' for the premeire episode will
be 'Rebirth + Frustration' — loosely indicating the
suggested topic to inspire those attending the group.
The sound of Dolphins is an open showcase
for poets and writers of all genres. The idea is to 'live
life aloud' and read original work or the work of established
+ classic writers. Please keep in mind that if you intend
to participate, it is recommended that you sign up ahead of
time by either visiting The Javaroom and adding your name
to the list — or — by sending
us an email just to let us know a bit in advance how the
turn out might be.
At the beginning of each session or 'episode' the moderator
gives a quick talk and introduces the group. We usually sit
in an area slightly removed from the ebb and flow of traffic
through The Javaroom — typically in a circular configuration.
After introductions and a review of the 'Pool Rules', we begin
to go around the group and have each participant read from
the work they brought to share. Each participant gets about
5 minutes per round, so longer works can still be presented,
but just in 5 minute chunks.
The sound of Dolphins is not a poetry slam, nor is it a writers'
workshop. If you would like to garner advice from the group
or from members of the group, you are free to do so outside
of each 'espisode' at your own discretion and on a private,
personal basis. If you wish to compete in a more theatrical
setting — take your work to an appropriate event and
thesp it up! Dolphins is a place to share poetry + writings
in a more academic, intimate setting. Although we can project
+ present our work, we still must do so in a manner that shows
respect for the public setting in which we reside.