Mary Nagy

Rookie (11-08-1970)

The Poemhunter Convention Makes Me Nervous! - Poem by Mary Nagy

A convention of Poemhunters
sounds very interesting
to me!
Aren't most poets introverts?
Will we find the silence deafening?
Those who feel comfortable
behind the security
of a computer screen
may find an in-your-face gathering
I'm not very outgoing
in crowds.
Will it be uncomfortable
to meet the people
who have seen my soul
Not only have they heard about
my demons...
they've been introduced to them.
What if they've made friends
with those demons?
Would I know?

Would I even have the courage
to step out
from behind the screen?
If not, I would miss out on meeting
some of the most precious people
I've ever known.

Am I the only one
that feels ''nervous'' at the thought
of standing in front of
of those eyes
that have seen more weakness
from me than strength?
I'm afraid I would have to fight back
tears....but, would they be of joy?
of sadness?
of shame?

Comments about The Poemhunter Convention Makes Me Nervous! by Mary Nagy

  • (4/15/2006 8:47:00 AM)

    This is great Mary. I thought that the internet would create a culture of introspection and Isolation; no more so than real life I guess. This is such a wonderful write and I would certainly love to see and hear you reciting it. (Report) Reply

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  • (4/4/2006 10:08:00 PM)

    uncomfortable with 'those who have seen my soul naked.' I really like that one, Mary, and have thought how much of ourselves we DO EXPOSE here...Scarlett (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (4/4/2006 3:16:00 PM)

    Mary this is a brilliant write, I enjoyed every word, and I know just what you mean, it could be a horrendous experience, or a lovely pleasurable meeting, but it's the finding out, isn't it. Shudder! ! ! ! ! ! ! Love and hugs Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • (4/4/2006 12:00:00 PM)

    Mary, you are so loved by this group as a whole...that you have no need for trepidation of any kind. Go, if this really happens, and God bless.

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  • (4/4/2006 11:27:00 AM)

    I hate to find myself in a mirror, let alone meet anyone. (Report) Reply

  • (4/4/2006 9:32:00 AM)

    The YOU Mary has already stepped out.For YOU an I may not see eachother were we to stand face to face.Our hearts have shown the real us and the hurt and pain has been exposed and in this loses its power over us.You are wonderful, we are not blind for even when we close our eyes we can still see your brilliance shining through.
    If you think i'm joking or just trying to flatter you, think again.
    Your strength is a great lesson to us all.
    We have all suffered in one way or another, I think that this is the battle that will go on,
    not stopping with us.But one day in the future, the battle shall be won and all the love that you talk about shall unite.Take care you special person, Love Duncan
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  • (4/4/2006 9:27:00 AM)

    I understand your intrepidation perfectly Mary, but, what you forget is that your outpourings of you in your work, is what has shaped the friendships you have developed amongst fellow writers, it will be great fun, we can all get pissed and recite poetry, loudly. I am going if I can for sure. I did try going to one in London, but shit happened and I couldn't get there, but I have a plan and this plan is going to take courage, which is what we poets need. Confidence in our work, which is what our poetic colleagues gives us too. And as to the differences between us all, thank god for them, it would be hideous if we were exactly the same.

    10 from Tai, twinkling at you
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  • (4/4/2006 9:25:00 AM)

    There is something special about knowing each other's minds without the physicality entering into the relationships. What convention? Must have missed something at Forum. This poem is heartfelt and touching at its core, Mary! (Report) Reply

  • (4/4/2006 8:33:00 AM)

    But Mary we who love all the lovely thoughts and understand the demons would all be there.We all have demons some here some there. But hell I'll bring a big stick and beat em off it it makes you feel better.And maybe you can hit one or two of mine! lol

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  • (4/4/2006 8:29:00 AM)

    Tears from Onions? ........... I think it owuld be OK Mary...your strong Kiss HUG dave xxx (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 4, 2006

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