feelin’ diva

last night, for the first time in a long time, i actually performed a

poem at bar13. mind you, it is not like i have totally shunned

reading on mondays but with the sabbatical i took over the summer and

my (incorrect?) assumption that my voice (as a feature and as a host)

is heard often enough, it seems that i have not read there as often as i should.

i did ‘Sorta Rican’ and rocked it in a way that does the poem justice. less body, more voice and hands and enough faith in the next line to find the pauses. i have been able to consistently nail the funny and ironically sad lines in the poem but finding the anger that comes from a few of the lines and serves to rocket me into the core stanzas has been a challenge. it will continue to be a challenge as i do not anger well in public (in private is a different matter). some folks that know me from parties and hosting and being a jackass on mondays gave me some refreshing words and commentary afterwards. ima have to make it a point to hit 13 with some more work that needs to be tested on the stage. not too sure if the same applies for acentos but we shall see.

(btw: if you were there last night, did ya notice how hard mah right

foot was shakin’? the nerves, they NEVER go away!)

it seems that the muse is smiling on a bunch of us lately (visit Matt

& Eliel’s blogs to read some great new work & listen for Nina’s new


love ya like if i found the crux of the poem in mah natural voice

Author: Oscar Bermeo

Born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, Oscar Bermeo is the author of the chapbooks Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below, and To the Break of Dawn. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.

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