Last night was the kickoff event for the Improbable Places Poetry Tour, the brainchild of Montserrat College of Art's Writing Center Director and poet extraordinaire Colleen Michaels. The idea is to bring poetry to unlikely venues (read: improbable places) around Beverly, Massachusetts. Centraal Cycle was a phenomenal location; all of the poets, writers, and storytellers read poems related to bicycles. The bikes on the walls and in the racks became the art in the background.
There were roughly 15 readers and 60 audience members, with local writers, students from Montserrat and Endicott colleges, and community members sharing their works. Even I wrote a new poem, which, quite frankly, I was revising up until the moment I took the mic. Yikes!
What a creative way to bring poetry to the people. Other local businesses are clamoring to get involved. Next month's venue has not been announced, but in the works are a laundry mat, a tattoo parlor, and a swimming pool.