I had a great time reading at Open Books this afternoon, and at the reception at Kathleen Flenniken's after. What a great turnout! Thank you everybody for coming. It was totally SRO wasn't it? Wow. I am so amazed and humbled and thankful. Thank you. And thank you John & Christine for having this wonderful magical place for poets! (Christine's intro, about reading What's Written on the Body in the tub, while drinking a glass of proseco, was priceless).
It was so good to see old friends and new friends, as well as to meet new people (some who saw the ad about the reading in the paper today and decided to come). Two sisters and their husbands, as well as a sister-in-law, and even my mother, came. Dear old Mom seemed to take the ex-Catholic poems pretty well ("Holy Shit" and "Reconsidering the Seven [Deadly Sins])."
The party after is just a blur. Thank you Dean and Kathleen for helping make it all happen. And to Elizabeth Austen for recording the reading for KUOW/The Beat (where an excerpt will be archived later). Seattle is such a great poetry town!
from some friends' emails:
"Wow, Peter! Forget standing-room-only: there wasn't even any room to stand, so since I couldn't figure out how to hang from the ceiling, I left -- which means you have to let me know when you're doing the next reading, and I have to get there early.
Congrats! Am totally delighted you had such a great turnout for WWB's debut. Enjoy it all -- Love, L"
You were brilliant, funny and relaxed and tender and your choice of poems was perfect. I was mesmerized by your reading, and such a crowd and such applause at the end. I think it was a true moment of greatness for you, your honey-voice filling the entire room. Congratulations. I am so proud to have been there. I can't wait to hear it on the Beat, which I listen to every day. Please let me know when it's going to air.
What a wonderful reading you gave -- full of grace, wit, and perfect pitch.
I loved being part of your ever growing public. A true pleasure.
I hope you are high from the afternoon - all beautiful and good.