Quite a buzz of excitement looking forward to our guest this evening, the fabulous, legendary Yeti! We had a lively audience and a good line-up of pre-booked open mic readers, plus the usual fashionably late suspects and one surprise latecomer from far-off Bristol, whom we’d have loved to heard read – next time, Pauline, we’ll make sure your voice is heard early!
Dónall began with a shorter set than usual, as we had so many other readers. His lovely poem "Audenesque", seldom heard, had an airing. Then he sent up a pious prayer reminding us that Google is the new deity in our lives – “Our Avatar...” and got us in party mood with his unconventional haiku (full audience participation included) entitled “Handyman”. He wasn’t actually wearing his pink high heeled shoes, we were relieved to note.
Jos Anderson delivered a relaxed and happy pair of poems, though one was based on “sad”. He left us hoping to see much more of his joyful face.
After the break came the treat we’d been promised, and we weren't disappointed: Gary W Hartley, aka Gary from Leads, aka Yeti. Yeti In all his furry, white soccer-kitted glory: the Yeti defined and celebrated, the Yeti credo stated loud and clear, its positive negativity, its life of successful failure, its existence of committed alienation, its embodiment of boredom as an art-form.
The show was the very opposite of the Yeti credo, though. One of my favourite bits was the Poetic Rave, as Yeti recited to trance music a poem by, I think, one of the metaphysical poets, from the AQA GCSE Anthology, and the audience frenetically waved twigs (poetic Glo-sticks) while wearing symbolic snow (cotton-wool) in their hair and, in Alex de Suys’ case, dancing wildly with the fabulous Animal. Here's ten minutes of Yeti's 40 minute set....
You had to be there...
Gary from Leeds is to be seen at the Lightbox in Woking on 26th February, as resident poet at a new comedy night: http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/joke-in-the-box
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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.