On Friday, July 30, 2010 members of Vancouver, WA's burgeoning poetry community gathered in the home I share with fellow poet Toni Partington to celebrate the release of Tom DiCillo's thoroughly entertaining new documentary about The Doors entitled "When You're Strange."
The screening was preceded by an open mic during which participants read Jim Morrison's poetry. I explained that while Jim Morrison had never received his due as a poet, it was his spoken word recording with The Doors, "An American Prayer," that had shown me how potent the combination of poetry and music could be. I have been drawn to Morrsion's poetry for years because he believed in the power that words have to liberate people, and took the poet's potential role as a shaman seriously.
Toni and I would like to thank Anni Becker for her marvelous photos of the event, and Rich Lindsay for recording, editing, and posting the podcast of the open mic. Finally, I would like to thank the Doors for their music, which continues to move and inspire me, and for allowing us to host this party.
Also in attendance that day: Richard and Debra Marshall (my sister and brother-in-law, residents of Syracuse, NY who were visiting the Northwest for the first time), Lori and Jake Loranger, Angelo Luna, Mokii, Bernadette, Jenney Pauer, and Kyle David Congdon.
Visit the Doors on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thedoors
To see the full set of pictures Anni took, please visit:
If you would like to see more of Anni's photography, or to purchase a print, visit her online store: http://annibecker.zenfolio.com/p371565088
To hear the podcast of the poetry reading, visit:
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Jim Morrison Poetry Reading, When You're Strange Viewing Party, 7/30/10 by DJ ManRich
Rich Lindsay is a local radio host whose programs often include the spoken word: http://uglyradio.wordpress.com
Here are some more of the fabulous photos that Anni Becker took of the event:
Kyle David Congdon
Flowers in a vase made by Jack Loranger
Toni prepared an array of delicious snacks
Kyle with his buddies Angelo and Jake
Hi Christopher and co,
I enjoyed this minuette and discussion about WYS.
I too write poetry and have found that to gain consciousness you have to deconstruct feeling to obtain unconsciousness.
Here the will to power has no influence on what you see,you become "a potent secular spectator"
The reward for this sacrifice is POETRY a commentary on the triptych our birth,life and death
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