Lately, the Thursdays Writing Collective has a lot to be grateful for. With the Heart of the City Festival in progress, we’d like to thank all our friends at the Festival, as well as at Gallery Gachet, for providing a platform for our most recent reading. Poetry is in the Eye of the Beholder took place on Thursday October 27, and featured Special Guest Jordan Abel. Abel performed from his collection Injun. Composed of text found in western novels published between 1840 and 1950 – the heyday of pulp publishing and a period of unfettered colonialism in North America – Injun then uses erasure, pastiche, and a focused poetics to create a visually striking response to the western genre. We were also honored that Abel read from new, unpublished work AND led us in a 10-minute writing exercise.
The reading was followed by an hour-long open mic. Each reader was given a suggested three minute time slot – and the variety of voices and work was amazing. Thanks for our wonderful audience for going on this creative journey with us!