Cultural tourist NYC: Son of Pony poetry reading at Cornelia Street Cafe

July 16, 2011
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 Ponying Up


(Notes on a first visit to NYC’s Son of Pony open mic poetry reading at the Cornelia Street Cafe

More info here.)



Poetry is democratic

and red curtains hide nothing

in a basement where Prague summer lives,

a Glock becomes a vibrator,

turtles cross slowly in two different metaphors,

and the drink? Included in the seven dollar cover.


The narrow aisle keeps the emcee back by the bar

a disembodied voice

announcing three-minute turns.

“No connections between things/but they happen at once”

Or so says Brant Lyon

a poet.


In comedy clubs,

Three minutes can last an eternity

Much of bad comedy being lies

but poetry,


for good or ill,

(mostly for good)

is someone’s truth




--Lou Harry, July 2011


Your thoughts?


  • on being creative
    Hah! I love this review. And your creativity, Lou.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit (on hiatus)
  • Thanks from the Pony!
    As host of The Son of a Pony poetry series (and possessor of the "disembodied voice"), I truly appreciate your fun review! Thanks for being there are letting others know about it in such an imaginative way. Looking forward to future visits by fellow Indianapolians! 1st & 3rd Friday of the month.
  • Creative
    Its very different and innovative review. I have never read such a poem. Its really creative. I would wish to read more like this.
    Khajuraho India

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