What’s in the Tent?

There’s progress to report about my ongoing writing project. I’m writing a spoken word routine about The Outside Talker who performs to announce the carnivals or freak shows, etc. I got stuck wondering about which image to choose. I imagine its as though I’m strolling through the midway, between the tents, beside the boxcars, with a camera. I can only take one photograph. I only desire a single image, before I can write. There are the snake charmers, sword-swallowers, bearded ladies, Siamese twins, etc. None of those would do, so I hit the books.

Read the rest of this entry →

The Carnival Show

In a previous post, I outlined some ideas for a spoken word routine where I’d like to emulate the lyric qualities of one of those sideshow, carnival “barkers”. I’m also interested in the role: being outside of some place, pitching the sensory experience to be had within, where description is everything. I’d like to continue … Continued

Read the rest of this entry →