I then tested the steps to the dais and talked with a few people in the audience until my fellow panelists arrived.
|Reed Farrel Coleman|
Reed read "Jungfrau" from The Poetry of Murder (a chapbook printed for his well-remembered poetry panel at Bouchercon 2005 with Ken Bruen, Peter Spiegelman, and Jim Fusilli) and "The Dying Man", forthcoming in Issue 2 of The Lineup.
It seemed a decent turnout, mostly fiction readers who were curious about poetry. The first question, for example, was "How do you keep your prose from becoming too flowery and 'poetic'?"
Reed smiled at "flowery" before explaining that poetry involved cutting, distilling language to its essence. John Harvey agreed that poetry was about choosing the right word.
Reed also talked about his time as editor of a poetry zine and how he forgot the lessons of poetry with his first book, but remembered them in writing his Moe Prager P.I. series.
Of course, a panelist's perspective is different from that of the audience. If you attended the panel, please comment with your thoughts, If anyone has pictures from the panel, I will replace these file images.
The rest of my first Bouchercon experience is covered here.