Over at the Potomac Review blog there’s a great post about the etiquette for Q & A sessions following poetry readings. I usually like Q & A sessions better than the open reading sessions following a reading, if the questions are good. Sometimes they’re not, and this post explains a few ways they can go badly.
To that list of don’ts I’d add one more: don’t use your question as a way to show off how much you know (or think you know) about the poet or poetry. Ask a question. Don’t make a speech. Read the Potomac Review post here.
And here are some more of my own thoughts on poetry readings.