Get Your Poem On/14 Dance of the Word at Cornelia Street Cafe

On 12/22, the day after my birthday, I was part of Dance of the Word, an Evie Ivy production at the Cornelia Street Cafe.  Anticipating it was wonderful as well as being in it, knowing that I had such a happening for the day after my birthday.



Sunday,  Dec 22 – 6:00PM               DANCE OF THE WORD,  HOLIDAY EVENT                               Alan Baxter, MC          Evie Ivy;                          Austin Alexis;                          Gordon Gilbert;                          Mindy Matijasevic;                          Robert Gibbons;                          Peggy Fitzgerald;                          Fred Arcoleo;                          Hau C Le                                Dance of the Word,  Holiday Event image                  
             Ringing in the HOLIDAY Fun! with special poetry, music, comedy, and dance Performances by: Evie Ivy, Austin Alexis  Gordon Gilbert, Mindy Matijasevic Robert Gibbons, Peggy Fitzgerald Fred Arcoleo, with guitar and song & Hau C Le on classical guitar in a special dance number with Evie  $15.00 includes a drink                                                             
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It was fun.  Fred Arcoleo involved the audience in music-making.  He gave out all kinds of percussion instruments and rocked it.  He teaches high school, so he is more than qualified to get some audience participation going.  Robert Gibbons delivered his poem part speak/part song.  I love when he does that. Gordon Gilbert’s jazzy poem suggested I try the morning on.  An image like that stays with me, hopefully helps me when I need it.  Evie Ivy was beautiful as she delivered poetry by words and by movement.  There were a number of performers, poets and otherwise.  I was scheduled to read poetry.  One that I shared is a sonnet I was once asked to write where each line was to be one syllable. 
Women Do Tell
(c) Mindy Matijasevic 1996,2013
Though I made my selection that morning, I thought that since it was a holiday show, I should have something holiday related.  So not in the spirit this year, I had to start from there.  This is what I read.



I will try to spin my sense of loss

into garland

roll my regrets into unique shapes
sprinkle them with glitter
hang them from the holes
in my heart
my aloneness spread out
beneath the tree
my life
wrapped in loss
anchored with mistakes
decorated with memoir
lit with hope
the star pointing
in all directions of possibility
so…   Merry Freakin’ Christmas
and a Better New Year
(c) Mindy Matijasevic 2013
Though I attended alone, I didn’t feel alone at all.  The audience was so attentive, and two people, who I like very much and with whom I attend a poetry workshop, arrived and sat with me.  When I stepped off the stage all sweating and pleased, David Elsasser leaned forward and told me, “You were electric.” 
I take home moments like that.  They help me get through.

About Mindy Matijasevic

Writer of nonfiction prose and poetry; actress; comic; adult basic education instructor. The name of this blog was inspired by a former student, Camille Williams, who once, in a conversation, used the phrase "get my learn on." I loved it, and it stuck in my head.
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2 Responses to Get Your Poem On/14 Dance of the Word at Cornelia Street Cafe

  1. Pingback: Evie Ivy | Levure littéraire

  2. Evie, your page is beautiful.

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