It was a cold damp night, of course, but we were ready for another warm evening of poetry at the Bar. Dónall kicked off as usual - a couple of couple-y poems for my birthday which was due in a day or three, to balance out his opening piece, "After the Row", and a poem to teach Eddie some feminine anatomical words in Irish. Eddie passed the oral exam at the end of Dónall's introduction and went on to deliver a beautiful set of sonnets. Liddy, still on crutches but walking and standing much more easily, read her cute foodie poems. We were so glad to see her feeling better after breaking her foot.
It was great to see Greg Freeman, who can't often make it to Guildford on a Tuesday, and we enjoyed his poems about Woking where he grew up. Another pleasant surprise was a set from David, an old friend of Dónall's whom we had found in Shakespeare's Bookshop when we visited Paris last month. He brought imaginative surreal poems to the open mic mix.
It was a pleasure to see others there who had come to listen, but not, this month, to read. Karen and Tracey, it was lovely to see you! Not so happy with the two ladies who had a loud conversation in the corner through most of the first half, but perhaps they'll come back to listen next month, on 16th December.
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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.