Open Words An open mic night for poets of Odense at PåTaget

Open Words
Other | Thursday d. 19. Nov. 2020 | Slotsgade 18b, 3. sal, Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Elena Stanciu | Translated by: Christoffer Henneberg

Location: PåTaget
Organizer: På Taget & Poetry Slam Fyn

I’ll have to admit right off the bat that I’ve always taken poetry open mic situations with a grain of salt. I’m just way too attracted to the romantic figure of the tormented poet, writing alone, in darkness and solitude, his genius apparent only posthumously. Of course, I see the cynicism of my ways and it’s not how things should be. 

This is why I’m very happy to recommend this open mic event at PåTaget, dedicated to the poets of Odense. Talented people should have their time in the limelight and they should be recognised as such without delay! 

The event (now at its second edition) sounds like a welcoming, easy-going evening, a non-curated, democratic form of participation, basically boiling down to: 1) be a poet 2) sign up to do a reading 3) do the reading. It’s a design based on generosity, which doesn’t force anyone to show an ego they’d rather keep hidden. What’s best –  stroking that very ego is also possible in the process. Win-win. A third win goes to the audience of non-poets, thanks to the readiness (and again generosity) of the writers to share their work. Life can be so plain and boring and we must take any chance to transcendence. Or, if not transcendence, at least original, thought-provoking rearrangements of mundanity. 

Link to the event

Written by Elena Stanciu

Elena has an MA in American Studies from SDU, and currently works as Features Editor for arts and culture publication PETRIe. She is interested in visual culture and contemporary art, design an...