Dada or Die Show (October 11, 1991)

Dada or Die Show (October 11, 1991)

A Poem by Richard Lane

looking back to my entrance into spoken word performance even when i was so nervous i almost gave my spot to another performer. but i followed through and this is what happened in October 1991.


in order to remove the fear of shouting 

my poesy into a microphone in front of well over

a hundred people

who had just watched another poet reading their work in front of a film screen with 

images of various artists and

odd shapes surrounding their entire body I followed the directions of 

an old friend who was fellow student 

in a theatre class i took in 1990,

who suggested i use my nervousness as energy for speaking the line

and in my case my heart had already been sounding like a drum the moment i realized i

was gonna have to toss my trusty marble notebook

aside and recite what i had been looking at 

from memory, 

and then i read as loud as I could until the people in the back of the auditorium could 

hear every word I said.

© 2012 Richard Lane

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nice. i've always thought :: exhileration and fear .. are really the same energy. .

Posted 8 Years Ago

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interesting poetry...almost beat like.

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Richard Lane
Richard Lane

Baltimore, MD

My name is Richard Lane and I am based in Baltimore, MD. I started writing poetry in 1984 during my High School years. My writing style varies, but my focus is prose writing and poetry. Please feel .. more..