I am fortunate enough to say that I have never completely dropped a poem, I have severely butchered a poem, but never deer in headlights looking at the audience wishing I was small enough to hide behind the mic stand.
I remember being at Leaf International Festival one year, I start my poem and like 30 seconds into it i somehow skipped to the end, I kind of cut and pasted the poem the rest of the way through. I don’t know if the audience noticed, but I remember one of the poets asking me did I rewrite the poem cause it sounded a bit different!
Like I said I am fortunate because I have seen some gut wrenching seconds where a poet is on stage and completely blanks
The link below is hilarious to me, not to pick on the poet, cause it happens to the best of us…but I could not help playing this clip over and over!!
Have you ever Completely dropped a poem?? if you are brave enough, tell us about it in the comments section!