Karen Izod brought a Syrian poet's voice to the open mic in her sonnet about the situation where Syrians who write are too afraid of reprisals to sign their names to their poems. Memories of childhood were the topic of another beautiful poem.
Alex Twyman meditated upon an autumn leaf and a bowl of soup before describing a Moral Abortion Clinic, which was about the abortion of morality rather than the morality of abortion. All three short poems were bitter but shot through with Alex's wry humour and lyrical talent.
After the break, the light went a little bit spooky and so did some of the poems. Ray Pool wore his brocade waistcoat as a signal, he said, that things were going to turn Hallowe’eny. So his ballads of a ghostly tin miner on a clifftop and a spooky tube traveller (probably stuck in a time-warp on the Circle line) were warmly received.
David had not been sure whether or not to go up to the mic, but rewarded our requests for him to read with another moving poem appropriate to Remembrance Day, and “Closing Time” in which he paid tribute to John Cooper Clarke.. The line that stays with me is from his first poem:
All he wants is what he had
That falling poppy called his dad.
Next Keystone Poetry Open Mic is on Monday 7th December with Rob Auton featuring. If you have a favourite poem, could you try to bring a copy along to read, as well as your five minute spot of your own compositions?
If you’re hungry for poetry before next month, and a glutton for the right words in the right order, come down and let off steam at the Boileroom, Stoke Fields, Guildford GU1 4LS, next Sunday evening 8th November. The Dirty Carols and Dan Smith will be featuring, and there are 10 five-minute floor-spots – sign up from 7pm
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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.