I must confess, the last time I heard poetry read aloud was in my high school class. It was a mandatory assignment — not only were we assigned to write a book of poetry, but we had to select our favorite ones to read aloud to the class. Some students really got into the assignment and took to performing their poetry almost naturally, others were actors and hence it was a part of their craft, meanwhile others struggled to spill their personal thoughts out to a room of their peers. I was one of the latter, and hence, when I attended last Friday’s Poets Showcase, I was in awe of every single poet that read, or should I say, performed their poetry.
It’s certainly one thing to creatively assemble a group of words that read like lyrics from one of the most beautiful songs you have ever heard, it is another to read them with passion. Not to mention to read those very words to a room of mostly strangers. I was, proudly, one of those strangers, and yet, in a way, I wasn’t that strange. I mean to say, I wasn’t a complete stranger. I too, have poured my heart’s dreams, desires, and laments into a poem; but to read it aloud, facing the very feelings I had enough trouble getting out of my mind? That takes some serious courage, and a strong sense of self. Therefore, I was further in awe, when the poets that took turns standing in front of us shared their beautiful works of art — carefully unwrapping each gift of delicately, passionately assorted words.
The Poets Showcase is an event I’d attend every week. The experience was, as noted, beautiful but also spiritual and soulful. I felt a part of a room full of souls just like mine — filled with longing, love, passion, and sometimes, pain. Sometimes you need to be reminded that you’re human, and it is, in fact, a beautiful thing that we often overlook.
The venue was stunning, the musicians were unexpected but delightfully welcomed, and the wine was a true delight. Let me tell you, I am not a sophisticated wine drinker, but the bartender was incredibly patient with me as I pestered him with questions about the wine available. He eventually served me an incredible glass of white wine (also known as Rail Bridge Cellars’ Lattice “Le Blanche” White Blend). All in all, I wouldn’t have changed the experience one bit. It is a must see event and while you’re there, don’t forget to take in spectacular views of our beautiful city. The Rail Bridge Cellars Penthouse Lounge at the Elks Tower holds some breathtaking views of Sacramento and watching the sunset from high above the city streets was truly something else.
The Poets Showcase continues Fridays in April, which is also National Poetry Month. The events take place from 8pm-11pm at the Rail Bridge Cellars Penthouse Lounge. Tickets are $30-$40 and can be purchased online.