with the AntiPoet ...
This month's Keystone Poetry Open Mic proved to be one of the most intimate events we've run. What with an epidemic of real flu and University study leave, our audience was, though perfectly formed as ever, sparse, to put it bluntly. And we had the ANTIPOET all the way from Hertfordshire, to entertain us - what a waste, we thought.
But as usual, a silver lining shone out from behind the cloud and we all had a great time. The open mic readers had as long as they wanted, and Paul and Ian (collectively the Antipoet) gave us an hour-long sneak preview of some of the songs they're about to record on their new album as well as the old favourites. They also talked about their processes and inspiration in a kind of "Audience with the Antipoet." The working title of the album they're recording in May is "Bards of Bugger-All" and I recorded most of the hour but as most of the songs are under wraps I can't publish it here. I recorded several of our readers, and below are some of the clips.
Lorri Pimlott read two of her delicate lyrical poems but I only got the camera working in time to record her "Dirty Verse" - the clip is above!
Geoff read a great artistic set: "Morphine", "Tracey", and four short poems about Andy Warhol paintings, which we hadn't heard before.
Eddie's poems were as usual thoughtful and beautifully phrased.
And Kyle had three stories, one a tribute to his grandfather's wood carvings of ducks. (below)
Andy Low read part of a work in progress - though he read it quietly there was quite a cacophony and a fair amount of blood spilt in it, too. The performance that Andy envisages will be "something like a round" ... and performed in an open field: a battle field, in effect. Below is a fragment of this ambitious work, that I recorded.
Coming up in April:
April's Keystone Poetry Open Mic will be an exciting one for anyone who follows the poetry of young aspiring poets. Paul Cree, based in London and fresh from performing his show "Tales from the Bedsitter" at the Roundhouse, (Chalk Farm, London) and on tour, is a young writer and rapper with an eye for the absurd and poetic in the ordinary. He's also one of the nicest people we know. You can read about him and his work here: http://www.paulcreewrites.com/p/welcome.html
Lyndsey Clarke of "Londonist" says of Paul Cree:
"He's an engaging storyteller, confident and comfortable in his stage skin, delivering poetry punctuated by the unexpected rhymes of rap"
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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Janice & Dónall Dempsey
We are poets, writers, spoken word performers, editors and organisers of spoken word events, based in the United Kingdom.