After 4 months of being closed due to the Coronavirus impacting the world and strict Covid-19 CDC regulations, Pawtucket Poetry Spoken Here had its first Open Mic last night. With an 8 guest maximum limit due to 6 feet physical distancing, we had a total of 4 poets in studio wearing masks, using hand sanitizer and speaking into a mic covered with a plastic baggie. It was AMAZING!!! Each poet brought something new and when shared, GOOSEBUMPS, tears, cheers, and finger snaps were all a thunder. Yes- our goosebumps were so loud we had to rub them down.
When it was over at precisely 8pm, we four sat in a circle six feet from each other and gave each other a group air hug. We were still connected as if 4 months hadn't separated us. The bond is a beautiful feeling. Poets loving each other in a time where the world is filled with hate and division.
Thank You to those who braved the risk to share poetry. Please know I followed the CDC health and safety requirements in order to provide the safest environment possible in the studio- from cleaning to screening and sanitizing in between.
More open mics to come. Follow Pawtucket Poetry on Facebook and Instagram for updates.