Mount Baker Theater hosts a night of poetry
By Alex Dupille
On a cold, stormy night, community members filled the encore room of the Mount Baker Theater to listen to poetry that touched on a vast range of subjects.
On Saturday, Dec. 2, Mount Baker Theater hosted five Canadian poets, Terry Ann Carter, Susan Alexander, Richard Osler, Barbara Pelman and Linda K. Thompson as a part of the SpeakEasy poetry events.
The poets read about childhood memories, experiences traveling overseas and moments where they were completely enthralled in nature.
They made the poetry reading interactive by putting the poems being read on the overhead projector.
The poets involved were thrilled to be at the event because of their love for poetry and their eagerness to encourage others to write poetry of their own.
“What poetry does is it unhinges something in our brain and it connects down to our heart so when you put your pen on the paper, you are not writing because you know something, you are writing to find something out,” Osler said.
Luther Allen organized much of this event and was quite pleased with it.
“We always hope for more people, but we had a good crowd, I was happy to see the people who came and plus it is hard to get people to come to a poetry event where poets are not known in the community,” Allen said.
Although the poets were there to read their own work, they also were audience members like everyone else taking in the two hours of poetry. “Linda Thompson’s poems take us back to a different time and makes it come alive again,” Osler said.
Thompson’s poems didn’t just connect with the other poets but with audience members as well, she garnered big laughs from the crowd with her lighthearted poems, various accents and singing. A favorite poem that really resonated with the audience was “Salt”.
“I really liked ‘Salt’ by Linda Thompson, she was incredible,” community member Alex Kypuros said.
The next SpeakEasy poetry event is Jan. 18 and is titles “Poems and Prayers for the New Year.”