The June 7th event featured poet and founder of London Open Mic Poetry, Stan Burfield. The night was a celebration of his vision, his journey and his poetry, as well as an opportunity for attendees to give thanks and appreciation for Stan’s years of tireless work in forming, building and maintaining London Open Mic.
Stan’s wife and devoted life partner, Linda, showed great courage considering her shyness by standing before the audience and opening the evening with many tales of Stan’s life, travels and adventures. Stan then took the stage and read several of his poems, along with details of the genesis and personal significance of each. The audience responded with a hearty and well-deserved standing ovation.
Stan had originally founded London Open Mic as a therapy for his own serious shyness. He created a place to read his poems to others, which was intended as the immediate source of therapy, but in the process of organizing the series, the required social interactions were what actually reduced his shyness to a tolerable level. In the process, over the five seasons, he created an institution and a community of poetry lovers.
Interview with Stan & 3 poems
Stan’s reading was followed by the evening’s open mic segment which featured an array of veteran and first-time readers.
This June 7th event was Stan Burfield’s last as organizer of London Open Mic Poetry, but he will return regularly in coming seasons to share his poetry as an open mic participant.
London Open Mic Poetry will take a summer break and start up again at Mykonos Restaurant, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 7:00p.m.
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