This was great fun. The open mic session that followed our reading was a special pleasure. Everyone who read was good and everything that was read was worth hearing. It prompted me to think that poetry is exerting a greater influence in the world these days than anyone suspects. People seem to have a yearning to shape their thoughts and feelings into precise verbal constructs that enable the listener or reader to know, not just those thoughts and feelings, but the exact person who thought and felt them.
As for John and me, as you can see, we more or less behaved ourselves.