Thanks to everyone who came out to the Poetry Lab last night, and especially to Jim Warner for reading with me and stevenallenmay for inviting me! The space is really amazing -- sort of a reconfigured autobody shop, complete with giant garage doors and TONS of room. People can drink coffee in one area, paint in another, and listen to poetry in yet another, all without getting in each other's way.
I'm still experimenting with the attitude to adopt when reading the orange poems, and probably will continue to do so -- if only to change things up. I have to remind myself that just because I've read them a million times doesn't mean anyone else has! And one of the good things I'm realizing is that they really are "done"-- I haven't done a reading and come across a poem that seemed only half-baked, or where a word was just a bit off. Huzzah!