A pillar of the local word scene, Scott Woods is the man behind Writer's Block Poetry Night, which overtakes Kafe Kerouac on Campus at 8 p.m. every Wednesday. He shared more about living a lyric life.

A pillar of the local word scene, Scott Woods is the man behind Writer's Block Poetry Night, which overtakes Kafe Kerouac on Campus at 8 p.m. every Wednesday. He shared more about living a lyric life.

Poetry's always kind of been there. When you're in high school, it's just an expression. You don't really think, "I'm a poet." In college, it turned into something else - not because of college, just because of me. I didn't get any good at it until about 10 years ago.

A poet's voice develops naturally. Most of the growth in any kind of writing, in my opinion, occurs as the individual grows as a person, not necessarily as the individual grows as a writer. The writing gets better when you have more to say - when you've seen more, done more, been more places.

I first loved poetry when I started performing it in public, when I started sharing it. People were responding to it. You're going to love anything that you create that people are responding to.

Poetry is the cheapest art form. It's the easiest art form to get into. It's the easiest art form to expose people to. There are more poets than there are musicians, artists, dancers and actors combined. Everybody has a poem.

We've been doing Writer's Block Poetry for about 13 years now. The shows have really expanded, so the poetry has gotten really diverse. Every week it's a juggling act. No two shows are alike.

A good poetry night has to be fun. With an open mic - because you never know what you're going to get - that's the job of the emcee. We really spend a lot of time thinking about the rituals and how to introduce new folks to it. There's lots of bawdy humor. It's kind of like Monty Python with black people.

The Columbus scene is legit. I travel all over the country and see all kinds of shows in every kind of venue you can imagine - and a couple you can't. On average, Columbus is at least as strong as any major city. We don't sound like other poets from other places.

The best advice I've ever received is that it's all about the presentation. I got that from a very boring person, but he was right.

Three things I can't live without are music, barbecue and poetry.

Know someone doing cool things around Columbus? E-mail John Ross at jross@columbusalive.com.