All this talk of poetry and list porn - one ought also to point folk to the posts at Caferati (all seven of 'em) where several people introspect about why poetry readings have such thin attendance in India.
First of all, I'm not sure that's true. I've found surprisingly large numbers at different readings. But even assuming that there are only three or four people in the room, surely the quality of the engagement between reader and audience should matter more?
Sampurna feels one can always tell when a reading has been good; Vivek feels one ought to aspire to community rather than merely aiming for numbers.
In the comments, Dilip makes an extraordinary statement that sounds suspiciously like he's advocating 'readability' - whatever that may be ('How do I write so I get read?'). CP (I suspect Surendran?) wants poets to drop the persona and get poetry ambassadors - preferably a 'cricket star or a Bollywood hero'. Falstaff wonders why we're talking about readings at all when one can engage just as well (if not better) with reading poetry off the page.
Lots of stuff there. Go read.
And I will turn off my computer and start writing longhand so I won't get distracted. (