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Contemporary Urban Poetry Lives at Ralph Ellison Library

What does it take to make a tasty SOUP?  S(ociety) o(f) U(rban) P(oets)  calls for nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, metaphors and a variety of poetic seasonings.

Join the word-chefs of SOUP for their monthly Open Mic Night at the Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 N.E. 23rd Street on the last Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:00p.m.  You’ll hear the best of Oklahoma City’s contemporary poets as they share their words and voices with everyone.  Refreshments will be provided and there is never an admission charge.

“I love the original poetry,” said librarian Anna Todd, “but I’m really looking forward to the SOUP Sound Off portion of the evening.  A topic of political, social or spiritual interest will be brought up and then anyone who has an opinion can come to the microphone and speak about it.  One of SOUP’s rules is that no profanity is allowed in the Sound Off or the poems, so while the topics may be of more interest to adults, there’s not much chance that children will be offended.”

In addition to the library Open Mic nights, The Society of Urban Poets also offers support to poets who are seeking publication.  But mostly it offers good fellowship for writers and readers of modern poetry.

 For more information about this program, call the Ralph Ellison Library at 424-1437.  For information about any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.