I write this from a motel in Iola, Kansas where I just gave a very meaningful reading, at least for me and the hopefully for the five people who attended. Last week, I read at a Borders in North Kansas City where three people came. When I imagined giving readings years ago, I didn’t quite see this coming, but now that I’m reading here and there for very small audiences, I’m finding it’s actually quite nice. The people who come are there before they really want to be, and I’m able to give intimate readings where I can see responses on people’s faces up close. The casualness of it also makes for ease in people talking to me about the writing or what I’m writing about, and sharing their reactions and stories.
So here’s to little audiences — although I’m fine with medium and big audiences too — and people to people up close. And here’s to the people who come despite the obvious unpopularity of leaving television, computers, blackberries, wii, and other technology to come out and listen to one traveling poet read.