Day 239 – for the reading of you, poem

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Day 239
5:40 pm

for the reading of you, poem

you are reading my mind.

calling out like that.

if only for the collective
that pause
that happens after
a reading
of you

when it is the you
who is
so pure, escaped
toward nothing
to do with
or name
or signing
or selling
on behalf of you

only with
the entirety of a poem
that lets us
take a spot
each person holding
up a word
to their chest
or above their head

each word of you
dotting the air
around us

eyes making contact
because of you

hearts smiling
really fucking smiling

fuck the website
and the press release
and the bigger event
where you never
showed yourself
even if you
should have

even if you live
within the reality
of theatrical expanse
for the passion behind survival
and the necessity of some
most of the time

there is a chance
from time to time
with the rest
in a
moment such as this

to lift and be lifted

away from your binding
from your pages
from who drives you
even from, for just this second,
all who would consume you
and offer to take you home later

they, who may offer generosity,
promise to hold you with care
until they tire with time and
fold you away
into their dusty shelves
they, who just want to say
you are part of their collection

you hold your own here
in this particular public
on a random night
under shitty lighting
no amplification or

with some weird combination
of people who needed you
to be essential
and bare

give us permission
stop. inhale. exhale. did you feel that?

of course you did.

you called, only,

to be read.


(for B.)


About traciakemi

traci akemi kato-kiriyama - inter/multi-disciplinary theatre/performance artist, arts educator, cultural worker, community organizer. Tuesday Night Project; theatre, performance, writing, and teaching projects with many organizations and artists including: zero 3; Edge of The World for Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia and the National Asian American Theatre Festival in New York; "PULL" with Kennedy Kabasares in San Francisco; Nobuko Miyamoto and Great Leap Collaboratory I; TeAda; NCRR; Oymun's 11. Playwright for "Chasing Dad - a performance of a reading about a play i'm writing" presented by Inside the Ford for the Ford's Summer Playwright series. View all posts by traciakemi

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