By Kym Gordon Moore
Like a theatrical performance or a cinematic snapshot of actors, comediennes and commentators, the Saturday Night Cinema of Poetry Open Mic, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center set the stage for a “reel” good time. Based on the month’s poetry prompt “your favorite cinema experience,” the poems gave audience members a sprinkle of adaptations, animations, a bit of movie trivia and novel interpretations that were entertaining, educational and emotional. As always, I am constantly amazed by the courage of new poets and the diverse poetry portrayals by regular ITCAC poetry group members, presented each month I moderate these open mic readings.
Everyone attending the event was treated to popcorn and cheese nachos, sponsored by Sun Valley 14 Theaters, located in Indian Trail, NC. Sun Valley 14 is located at 6449 Old Monroe Road and is part of Stone Theatres. With State-of-the-Art sound systems, luxury “rocker” seating, wall-to-wall screens and gourmet concession stations, this theater is dubbed “A 100% Digital Luxury Movie Theatre.” The room popped with iconic movie props to make the atmosphere come alive with motion picture inspiration.
We were moved by all of the poems written and recited by Ruth Roth, Christian George, Cathy Shumway, Mia Younce, Catherine Ross, Norman Bartee, Bailey Workman, Vicky Blackwell, Cynthia Hunt, Matthew George, Christina Battle and Dwight Roth. The sister tag team of Isabella and Lilli Fish drew sketches of their inspiration revolving around the theme, and as a bonus, added a poem they each created, while completing their drawings. The Fish sisters also shared their poems before the audience. Multi-media artist, Erin Penland painted a triptych (a painting done on three separate blocks of canvas) to symbolically depict the poetic theme.
A special thanks to Susan Didier, Community Development Specialist and Stephanie Jones with the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, for making this poetry open mic a magical evening of cinematic fun! I am grateful to my dear friend Roger Fish for photographing these special moments of our poetry open mic, so before you leave this post, please glance through our gallery of the evening’s highlights! Stay tuned for the poetry prompt announcement for August.