If you're interested in hearing original poetry or want to share some of your own, here's a list of places to get started:
Jam's Coffee House
17304 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 848-2599.
Poetry readings are held each Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. Free
Alta Warehouse & Roasting Co.
506 13th St., Newport Beach, (714) 675-0233.
Poetry readings are held the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 8 p.m. Free
7862-B Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 842-5668.
Poetry readings are held each Wednesday beginning at 8:30 p.m. Free
Also look in Thursday's OC Live! section of The Times, under listings titled "Performance Art and Readings" or "Coffeehouses."
Some publications that might be of interest to poetry lovers:
The Never Ending Page
Instagon Press, P.O. Box 894, Huntington Beach, Calif. 92648-0894
Young Voices Magazine
P.O. Box 2321, Olympia, Wash. 98507
P.O. Box 393, Prospect Heights, Ill. 60070
For more information on being published in poetry magazines, the 1994 Poet's Market (Writer's Digest Books, $19.95) may be of use.