The friends I've made through SFY are rare gems and our relationship is not one I take for granted. They are some of the only people in Boston who I can be 100% open and honest with about anything. There's no pressure to pretend; when it's been a rough week they give me the freedom to say so. Though they offer me unconditional acceptance, I also know that they will challenge me as a writer and performer. If something I write is sub par, they'll tell me as I will tell them. If my performance is stale and has become routine, they won't smile and say "it was good!" We will work together, trying different approaches, until the piece has recaptured its energy and lives up to its fullest potential. We've grown expectant of critique and grateful for the honesty.
When it comes down to it, my love for our little group of poets is simple: we are who we are. Speak For Yourself is potentially the only "judgement free zone" I've encountered in Boston. It's a group where no topic of conversation is off limits, no emotion is too heavy, no expression of self is unacceptable and no creative risk ever goes unacknowledged. It's been an honor to write, perform and share life with these poets and I will carry our three rules with me wherever I go: No Intros. No Apologies. Third Rule.
Here are some poetry videos for you to enjoy. The first one is my newest poem (haven't written since October...I'm overdue) called "Forest Fires." It used to be named "That Night" but I added my part of "The Last Time" group piece to the front end of it and edited some lines so I gave it a new title to complete it's overhaul. "Forest Fires" can stand alone or can be experienced as the final part of a three part series including Turnstile and When The Fever Breaks. When performed together these three tell a complete story. The second video is Speak For Yourself's group piece "The Last Time" from our Sex, Love and Poetry show in October. It was kinda thrown together last minute, but we did our thing. NO APOLOGIES, remember? The third video is just fun. And the final video is something I watched today for the first time and liked enough to share with you! Enjoy!