Spend a well-versed Saturday afternoon at Improbable Athenaeum’s Poem Swap

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Saturday afternoons aren’t just for running errands. Add a little poetic flourish  with professional actors and fellow lexophiles reciting favorite verse  at 2 p.m. on Jan. 16.
Tampa theater company Improbable Athenaeum invites poetry lovers to the Seminole Heights Library to bring a book or print-out that includes a treasured poem. You can either request that one of Improbable Athenaeum’s performers read it — or recite some verse yourself.
Formerly the Alley Cat Players, Improbable Athenaeum combines literary text with dance and movement, music, projections, visual art and other art forms. As part of its mission, the troupe stages free or low-cost shows anyone can afford to attend.
Headed up by local veteran actor/director Jo Averill-Snell, IA presents a regular series of free script-in-hand performances at the Seminole Heights Library, 4711 N Central Ave., Tampa, on the third Saturday of the month.  Its repertory includes familiar faces from Jobsite Theater, Stageworks and other nearby professional playhouses.
“We also put on plays and other events, as the mood strikes us,” the troupe’s website says.
So, get busy going through your shelves and stacks to find that treasured poem from long ago.
I, myself, would love to scuttle my ragged claws to Seminole Heights for a spirited recitation of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot. Ned Averill-Snell, I pick you!

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