By Allison Miller
Carrboro Commons Co-Editor
April may bring flowers, but at the Carrboro Cybrary it also brings a celebration of national poetry month.
“Poetry on Your Plate” is a series of weekly poetry recitations at noon in Century Hall inside of Carrboro Century Center. Poets will read from their works and discuss their careers
on April 16, 23 and 30.
“It’s an opportunity to feature local poets who have been published in a sort of meet and greet type venue,” said Laura Dallas, branch librarian at the Cybrary.
During each hour-long event at the Cybrary, Open Eye Café will provide free coffee, and participants are invited to bring their lunches, Dallas said.
Dana Hughes, recreation supervisor for the town of Carrboro, said the three poets selected to present — Kim Holzer, Gilbert Neal and Lizh — were chosen after they performed at West End Poet’s weekend. Neal performs April 16, Lizh on April 23 and Holzer on April 30.
“If people are sitting politely and quietly during one of my presentations, then I don’t feel like I’m doing my job very well,” said Holzer, an English teacher at Carrboro High School.
Holzer said she became a published poet in 1993 and has since turned her poetry into two one-woman plays and performed in several countries.
“Mundane things that people take for granted — take those horribly written instructions that you get with household appliances — you can rework those to where they sound really twisted,” she said in an e-mail. “That’s what, and how, I write. I write about what happens when you put a Barbie doll in the oven and make Ken watch.”
Gilbert Neal, a musician who performs in the Triangle, said he plans to tell a few stories and talk about the lyrics on his CDs.
“Conventional poetry bores me,” he said in an e-mail. “I consider the best poets people like Leonard Cohen, Phil Ochs, Andy Partridge. I like to sing my poems.”
He added that he hopes he gets people to laugh during his performance.
The sessions are for adults and older teens, said Dallas, noting that the poets aren’t asked to censor themselves. Some of the topics last year included death and childbirth, she said.
“Poetry kind of gets forgotten,” said Dallas. “I think it’s important to highlight that it’s alive and active.”
Last year, the events drew 21 people. Dallas said many of them were also writers or aspiring writers and the event gave them a place to connect and support one another.
“It’s encouraging for people that want to start writing,” she said.
Dallas said the series is one of her favorite events held by the Cybrary and that she is looking forward to hearing the performances this year.
She said she hopes participants will leave the events having learned more about the poetry being written and the poets living in their community.
The Carrboro Cybrary is located at 100 N. Greensboro St.