I like giving readings. I like going to readings if I’m familiar with the reading series and know that it will consist of something other than someone monotonously droning on for 20 minutes while I desperately consider what the best time to slip out of the room for a piss is. I like when readings, whether they’re poetry or prose or whatever, have some sort of performative element. When I give a reading, most of the time I like to introduce a performative element. There’s a dual purpose to this: 1) When I’m an audience member, I generally prefer a reading include a performative element. It’s more exciting. I don’t think this is inherently a method used to “cover up” a text–because a text is just that, it’s a text. The experience of reading something & hearing something read out loud is a totally different experience. 2) When I’m a reader, it’s more exciting for me to do something performative than to just simply read, though occasionally circumstances dictate this. Though I’ve discovered there are multiple ways to be performative at a reading, and I feel like I’m discovering new techniques all the time.
Anyway, here are some of my favorite readings I’ve done recently in various environs: