On June 5, i was the featured poet at the Duvall library’s monthly event. Not far from Seattle miles-wise, but a good hour away (more when driving in late afternoon/rush hour traffic), i discovered a place i’d never been, very much like the countryside in some parts. i’d met the host of the reading, Mary Crane, nearly three years before when I featured at The Creekside, a retirement center. After my reading Mary asked if I’d be interested in reading in Duvall (and willing to make the trek). I gave her my card. As time went on we found ourselves co-featuring at Greenlake library and at Tsunga Fine Art & Framing. We were well matched. Fast forward to getting booked.
Having never been there before, I had no idea what to expect. The poetry room was full of attendees. I took a seat in the back and listened to the open mic readers. Then it was my time. The audience was incredibly receptive to my work. I was inspired by their enthusiasm. After my reading there was time for a bit more open mic. Then the ride home – easier than getting there.
I will fondly remember that reading and those who attended. I am always grateful to share my poetry though I rarely encounter an audience so welcoming. Below is the email i received the following day from Pamela Denchfield, Curator, Duvall Poetry Readings:
“Thank you for an outstanding reading last night at the Duvall Library! You truly mesmerized the audience as you shared your work with us. Here’s to more poetry!”