Thursday, November 11, 7pm the Mad Poets Society will feature Joe Roarty and open mic contest winner Elliot Levy at Milkboy Acoustic Cafe in Bryn Mawr.Â I’ve been looking forward to this reading all year… and that was based on only having Joe Roarty confirmed. Now that we’ve got our contest winner (Congrats again Elliot!), I’m even more excited.
Joe Roarty has been a regular at Milkboy for about 2 years. I will never forget his first open mic reading: he read a seemingly simple poem about fixing a car, complete with sound effects made by blowing air through his lips and shaking his head (imagine a balloon loosing air & flying through the air). I have to admit, I thought he was quite possibly a little insane. After a few more open mics, I realized he was probably closer to a genius… and most definitely a mad poet. Joe doesn’t read, he performs, usually punctuating his poems with a hand-held drum and other sound effects. But for me, his best instrument is his voice, which rises, falls, whispers, booms, screams, and yowls to blast his poems alive. A performance by Joe Roarty is not something you will soon forget. Don’t believe me? Check it out:
Our open mic winner is one of the few poets out there who can match Joe’s energy.
Elliot Levy is a young poet — and I mean young — high school young. And very green in poetry — he just started writing last year. But his poems are inspired and powerful. His work shows the strong influence of spoken word poetry and hip hop. His poems use steady, pounding rhythms to carry his significant messages. Elliot took the open mic contest with only three readings, beating out regulars who participated every single month. Clearly, he is a force to be reckoned with.
As always, the reading starts at 7pm with the featured readings followed by an open mic. This is our last reading till 2011, so let’s make it a real party!