So, for those of you who don't know, I did my first ever reading of my own writing on the 3rd of this month. It was pretty fucking nerve-wracking even though it was just at my college's open mic night. I figured, y'know, where better to do my first reading than in that atmosphere? So I bit the bullet and did it. I read a short story called 'Oedipus Rex', and two poems, 'Pageant' and one that was the focus of a blog on here a while back, 'Fucked Up On Garlic Crabcakes'. All seemed fine and well, I had positive reactions and was feeling pretty good about the whole thing. Then the other day, one of my tutors at college greeted my saying "Oooh, there's naughty Paul."
Naughty Paul? Huhn?!
Turns out that some people who were at the open mic night have been complaining about 'Fucked Up...', one person apparently calling it "The most vulgar thing I have ever heard in my life."
Now, I'm not really sure how to react to this. Should I be proud or ashamed? Defiant or apologetic? I've half a mind to not do an open mic again, while the other half is saying "Fuck 'em, it's an open mic night not some old persons social club evening. What do they expect? Come back stronger and don't let them fucking bully you.". Actually, after having just written that, I'm pretty sure that's the attitude I will take, which sort of renders this blog a bit pointless. Oh well, if anyone's interested here's the poem that caused such offence in the blog I originally put it in: http://axlspotatofarm.blogspot.com/2007/03/axls-poetry-corner.html : which also has an ace poem in the comments that 'degs' wrote as a reply.
And here's the address of a site page that has scanned images of a book called "The Recently Deflowered Girl" which is absolute genius. I first saw this a while ago and forgot to tell y'all about it. It's a self help book that I'm sure all ladies can relate to in one way or another: http://www.joeydevilla.com/2009/01/10/the-recently-deflowered-girl-1965-illustrated-by-edward-gorey/