[Originally uploaded by coffeehouse junkie]

Most Thursday nights a few years ago you would find me haunting the Beanstreets open mic. Then Beanstreets closed and there was an open mic vacuum.

The Dripolator used to offer an open mic event every Thursday, but that has changed to the first Thursday of the month. And it’s a different atmosphere from the Beanstreets days.

Courtyard Gallery has an open mic every Thursday. But last night it was canceled due to lack of host and attendees.

I sat on a bench beneath the Vance monument drinking coffee from a paper cup and wondered where to soak up some poetry vibes. Plenty of singer/songwriter open mics. But where’s a poet to go to squander a few verses on a polite crowd?

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