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When I told Andrew I was going to a spoken-word night with Stuart, he expressed sympathy. It made me laugh but I was convinced it was unfounded.

I don't know why, because every other such thing I've been to has had some measure of terribleness in it, but I trusted Stuart to pick something good. And he was going to read a few poems himself, which he'd hardly ever done before and which I was excited to hear; I didn't know them. I've read some of the novel he's working on (it's great and this was before we were dating again so I was under no girlfriendly obligations to say so (not that I'd feel obliged anyway but it does sometimes seem that way to recipients of such praise)) but I was unfamiliar with his poetry, so I was looking forward to that.

And unsurprisingly he was great, but slightly more surprisingly the rest of the open-mic first half was fine too. A loud Canadian addressed a sweary poem to the Moon, somebody condemned pavement (sidewalk, for American readers; normally the word I use and prefer but here it loses the alliteration) parking.

And then the headliner, CiarĂ¡n Hodgers, came on for the second half. By the end of his first poem I was determined to buy the book he said he had.

The poem left me in tears because it was about being an emigrant--usually we talk as immigrants, about the lives we're moving to, not where we're from. Obviously half of the details I couldn't relate to at all because I'm not Irish but the other half was like hearing the most perfect version of my tangled, unlovely thoughts.

And then he introduced his next poem by talking about his grandpa dying and how he had to take the first flight back and then I cried more, having of course been in that position myself and knowing I will be again one day for my grandma... I was crying because it's November now and because it'd be All Souls Day the next day.

The poet said he had three copies of the book (though he was happy to take details and post one for anybody else since he considered it his own fault he hadn't brought more copies, bless him) and I was second in line to buy one. "I could feel a lot of love coming from that corner of the room," he said, which is possibly no surprise since Em J had sent Steve to be first in line.

I told him he'd made me cry because I was an immigrant too and he signed the book for me and stood up to give me a hug and a kiss on the cheek goodbye.

It was a magical night all around really.

I definitely want to go back to Spoken Weird again, and I'd recommend it to anyone who can get to Halifax on the first Thursday of a month.

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Date: 2018-11-04 01:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] purplecat
Oh! I worked with Ciaran on an experimental words piece (which ended up being more a comedy skit than a poem), but he's a lovely guy.

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Date: 2018-11-04 01:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] forests_of_fire
It sounds like you had a lovely time. <3

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Date: 2018-11-04 02:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrs_leroy_brown
huzzah for poetry :) I will add this collection to my to-buy/-read-next-year list :)

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Date: 2018-11-05 09:26 am (UTC)
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This sounds wonderful! (I also kind of want to read emigrant poems from an Irishman, heh.) I'm glad you had such a magical time, and have found a new event to enjoy.

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Date: 2018-11-05 09:34 am (UTC)
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In the very olden days I used to organise events like that. If I get to a position where I can get to Halifax on the first Thursday of a month I will give it a go.

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