Longer answer: 21 of them did at the Gallery Café Reading Series this evening. From page to performance poet – lyric, political, satirical, narrative, experimental, and hybrid. When it works, an open mic is a vibrant community of varied voices – good readers, keen listeners. Much to be said for democracy.
Paring food with democracy, I think of the onion. Simple, yet elegant especially when roasted. Slice, drizzle with olive oil, roast at 450 degrees until caramelized (about 30-40 minutes). Stir a few times. Serve at room temperature. A fine voice on an appetizer tray.