Rtfm 17 Po 'Em

The ideal audience size for a poet is one.
Direct from me to you. No watchers.
Whispering together in the privacy of our minds.
When poems are performed therefore
Before an audience of many
The poet should instruct the company
To ignore each other.
This performance is for you alone.

by Stewart McKenzie

Comments (3)

True of serious poems - but I do love performing the funny ones!
This brings poetry into focus. Although widespread (hopefully) , poetry is best read when it's intimate.
Hello Stewart, Your words really hit home - I am a children's author and I do a lot of school visits, often doing up to five presentations/readings in a day. I would love to read your poem before each presentation, giving you the credit of course as the author. Thank you for writing and sharing this poem! Warmest regards, CJ