Derry is the UK City of Culture for 2013. Dear poets, how can you be involved in the festivities? More info— http://t.co/dScWx5hb
"Her voice is one of an observer and experiencer of the ‘othering’ of such women" K-G Anderson on ‘Karma’s Footsteps’ – http://t.co/y11CBgcR
RT @WetBlackBough: "In this belonging’s nothing but / the wind, the wild / Atlantic. / Salt rain blinds the skin." Gillian Allnutt (Ligh …
First miscellaneous post of 2012, sponsored by @rachelrosereid, Sara and @UMZ45, @WeWereEvergreen and fireworks… http://t.co/fO6hYxC4
Happy 2012, dear readers! How did you observe the turn of the year? The christmas/festive thing was a bit up and down for me, but New Year’s Eve turned out to be one of the better celebrations I can remember for various reasons, including the following:
- Rachel Rose Reid’s Poetry Library Takeover, which featured an impeccably curated lineup. Anthony Anaxagorou, Nia Barge, Dizraeli, Katrice Horsley, Adam Kammerling, Femi Martin, Stephanie Dogfoot and yours truly joined forces for a veritable feast of poetry, flash fiction and storytelling. Outstanding way to kick off proceedings in the company of fellow wordsmiths. Hats off to Rachel— she knows how to put on a party. Personal bonus: who was called upon, iPhone in hand, to do a stint as honorary DJ type person to warm up the “everybody take your seats” part of the evening? Yeah, that’s right…
- Sara and Umar. You know who you are if you’re reading this, and you rule. See you at a gig sometime soon. Might not have my own line of stationary or t-shirts by then, but we’ll figure something out…
- Although I’d been booked to perform at a NYE gig in the Poetry Library on the Southbank, I had no idea of what was happening in the rest of the building. D’oh! I walked straight out of the Poetry Library into a set from We Were Evergreen (recommended, if you’re not already familiar) and somehow managed to miss Fiona Bevan.
- Location, location. Prime position for NYE Southbank fireworks, sans wet weather and crowds. Score.
All in all, a memorable night. May the year continue in such a rewarding vein…
[Oh, and before I’m chastised: photo credit - Danielle Shaw. Ta much.]
Photo: Wish you were here. Via Weather of the Body, who seems to have stopped posting on Tumbler a few… http://t.co/eOrmSsAz
…and we’re back. Almost. Had to step out of the room for most of Xmas. New Year’s Eve was a blast (more on that later). HNY to you all!
Merry Christmas one and all, for those of you celebrating. Otherwise, best wishes for the festive season.
RT @flippedeye: Long-awaited @warsan_shire pamphlet just arrived @jsamlarose – it will be available properly from nxt wk. Way to start 2 …
2012 challenge to self: use the iPad to push creative output even further… Poly™ on Vimeo http://t.co/wi3jN60T
Hm. The British Council’s directory of writers has been redesigned? Nice. When did that happen? http://t.co/qVfDan0R
"Some things you know all your life. They are so simple and true they must be said without elegance,…" http://t.co/RrKxwiUm
"Some things you know all your life. They are so simple and true they must be said without elegance,…"
you know all your life. They are so simple and true
they must be said without elegance, meter and rhyme,
they must be laid on the table beside the salt shaker,
the glass of water, the absence of light gathering
in the shadows of picture frames, they must be
naked and alone, they must stand for themselves.”
- Philip Levine, “The Simple Truth”