Ricky Garni stood in front of an audience of about 30 in the Carrboro Century Center Saturday, launching into a lusty blank verse about Eleanor Roosevelt.
Over the course of his 15-minute set, the author of 250 publications read everything from a haiku about his love of peaches to a free-verse poem about love songs.
Garni was one of 25 poets to perform his works at the annual West End Poetry Festival in Carrboro.
“Listening to Ricky read poetry is not like listening to anyone else read poetry,” said Jack Bookman, a professor of mathematics at Duke University.
Garni is a four-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, which honors excellence in literature published on a smaller scale.
The poets represented a variety of different backgrounds. Some were highly accomplished in the Carrboro poetry scene, while others were lesser-known writers.
The festival, which is in its sixth year, was created to promote local writers from North Carolina and poetry in any form. It has attracted more artists and a larger audience over time.
“Each year it evolves and improves,” said Kim Andrews, Carrboro recreation supervisor.
“Carrboro is a very artistic community.”