On Friday night, I “went live” on YouTube for the first time, reading some Edgar Allan Poe poetry with the Pittsburgh night as a backdrop. The resistance was strong on this one, which caused me some delay. But–interestingly–all of the feelings of resistance which had prevented me from doing a live show until now disappeared as soon as I hit the “Go Live” button. Screw resistance.

And guess what?

5 whole people showed up in the chat room live! Holy smokes.

I had fun and I’m thinking about making it a weekly show. “Friday Night Poetry… Live!” Or something like that. Tell me what you think. Here’s the video:



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Frank Marcopolos founded "The Whirligig" literary magazine in 1999, which has been called "a landmark, demonstrating the power of the literary underground." It has been said that "you get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach." His long-form fiction has been reviewed with such praise as "thorough-goingly entertaining" and "highly readable...recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving. A literary gem that should not be missed." A broadcasting-school graduate, his unique literary-audio work has been featured in movie trailers, scholastic environments, and on YouTube, with one of his audiobooks achieving over 100,000 "views" there.