Thursday, July 12, 2012

Emergency Exit Row

A new Jeff Kay video was recently posted to his speakeasynyc YouTube channel.  Emergency Exit Row is the story of one of those strange experiences that tend to happen to me.  People sometimes ask me how much of what is in my poetry is inspired by real life and the answer is: pretty much all of it.  Back in February I flew to Mexico for work and on my way there I found out that I had been assigned an Emergency Exit Row seat.  When the Continental employee boarding us at the gate scanned my boarding pass an alarm went off and red lights started flashing on her console. She then told me I had to swear an oath to properly fulfill my duties as an assistant to the flight crew - this oath was a solemn affair, it involved me raising my right hand and saying the words, "I swear".  I think that just the fact that Continental has adopted this crazy "oath" policy was reason enough for me to have some fun with them, but what really happened was that I honestly didn't want my flight to be any more stressful than flying already is.  I hate flying and I have only recently learned how to fly without having to take a chill pill.  The idea of being responsible for anything more than keeping my shit together for the duration of the flight, was just too much.  So I said no.  And the rest is in the poem...


Many thanks to Jeff Kay for the great editing job and for all that he does for the spoken word community!

10 comments:

  1. Is this poem published anywhere?

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  2. Hi! The poem is so far not published anywhere else but here. Why do you ask? Regards, CF.

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  3. I just found this video on you tube. I loved it so much I immediately shared it with my friends and then watched all of your other videos. Keep up the great work! This one in particular touched me.

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  4. Hey, Catalina, cheer up!
    Avoidant and anxious saluts you from afar!
    You're really great and should know it.

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  5. Hi, I'm Poppy and I am on the NLRSH Forensics (competitive speech) team in Arkansas. I was wondering if I could get your permission to use Emergency Exit Row in a competition in October. If you could email your reply to me, my email is poppyst4r@gmail.com. I will have to edit out the cursing for the judges, but that would be the only altercation. Thank you so much!

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  6. Hello, I am a high school student in Colorado and I was wondering if there is anyway to get a written copy of the Emergency Exit Row for my English Class so that I can do a project on it. My e-mail is rheghme@gmail.com
    Thank you,
    Rheghme

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  7. Hey Catalina! I am an American student studying in The Hague, Netherlands. I am a HUGE fan of your work. I actually read a couple of your pieces at a private poetry reading for my university. I would love if I could talk to you and maybe interview about what it is to be a New York City slam poet, and share it with the art community here in The Netherlands. Please contact me! t228tanner@gmail.com

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  8. Hello, I am a high school theatre student working on a performance project. I am required to have permission from the author to preform the piece I choose and I would love to preform Emergency Exit Row. I am a huge fan of all your Work I and would be very grateful to have your permission, thank you.

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  9. Hi Megans Cloudy Morning. Thanks for the support! Please send and email to cat@catalinaferro.com for details about permissions. CF.

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  10. So authentic! A breath of fresh air on a smoggy day! Thank you for sharing your refreshing gift.

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