Friends and Poets and Performers
I just want to be clear on something, when we walk up to the mic and take that breath, we are not being dramatic or cliché.
We are saying we care.
We are attempting to live in that moment and re-engage with the piece, convince ourselves we made the right choice, that this is the one they have to hear from me, this is what I must share.
We take that breath because we don’t want to fuck up our good, good work and embarrass ourselves/poetry parents/ that good art we been craftin’. We are saying our work deserves a breath.
When I breathe before I begin my poem, I am really saying “don’t fuck it up” and “you bet not fart during this poem.”
― AKeemjamal Rollins, author of Suicide Note