For years going to poetry readings, slams, and open mics usually meant a road trip. Thankfully we can now check them out locally.

This Friday night The Blot Collective presents: The Laughing Heart Poetry Open Mic and zine fair at Total Drag.

If you've never been to one I would recommend checking it out. I always here a line or entire poem that hits the heart. If you've never shared your words on an open mic, yep, do it, you will love it!

I ran into Sion Lidster the other day. He is one of the founding members of The Blot Collective. I enjoy his poetry, and his desire to bring his work, and the words of other to the community.

The name of the upcoming open mic caught my eye, and knowing Sion it had to be for a reason. The Laughing Heart Poetry Open Mic, this Friday night, is named after one of his favorite poems.

I had to look it up, and after giving it a listen, it has now become one of my favorites as well:

If you've never cruised through the doors of TOTAL DRAG, here is a description of the cool space from their website:

Total Drag is a record & tape store. More importantly, it is also a community oriented art and music space open to people of all ages who are interested in participating in and supporting an environment of creativity and artistic innovation and freedom.

In order to create and maintain a space that is dedicated first and foremost to the art and the music, and to complete artistic freedom and innovation, TOTAL DRAG is open to people of all ages and is alcohol free.

The Blot Collective Laughing Heart Poetry Open Mic and zine fair is at Total Drag this Friday night from 8:00 pm till 11:00 pm.

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