An Open Mic for Earnest Ears

This open mic was recorded Feb 27, 2001 at the Kraftbrau microbrewery, the home of the poetry slam in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Tracey Smith hosts. The building is right beside the train tracks and occasionally trains may be heard lumbering by just a few feet from the building. Charlie was busy performing as the feature that night with Al DeGenova so the recording was made for us. As a result, the usual audience reactions we include in our recordings for poetrypoetry were not included.

Kalamazoo Poetry SlamKraftbrau402 E. Kalamazoo Ave.

Kalamazoo, MI 49002

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