Dónall started us off as usual with poems about the rivers of his childhood in Ireland, and his love affair with Emily Dickinson.
Stephen Davids, from Surrey University's MA course, was a welcome new reader. His ballads of murder and crime passionnel surprised us all (below).
Alwyn Marriage took a different view of violence for her new poem in the voice of a jihadist, and then compared the strength of fragile snowdrops to push through hard resistance with the power and determination of the “weaker sex” in the feminist movement. She was reading from her recent books, “Notes from a Camper Van” and “Festo” (Oversteps Books, http://www.marriages.me.uk/alwynhtml/poetry.htm)
Cat Randle’s performance was a work in progress: an imaginary interview by an unimaginative journalist of a desperate wife living with a partner and family members with learning difficulties and autism. Highs alternated with lows and lyrical passages with dramatic prose in this 15-minute piece. Above is the first three minutes of the set.
Graham’s pamphlet, “Where Did All the Cowboys Go?” was on sale at £3.50. It’s full of delightful memories of a fifties childhood, and in our opinion very good value. You can contact Graham on Facebook if you’d like one. (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004996575481&fref=ts )
Alex Twyman (above) waxed angry on White Russians, so articulately that we listened, Andy Frost (below left) took us fluently down the memory lane of a biker poet and Andy Low (below right) amazed us with a new story about Rachel/ Richard, a sad tale of indecision.
Eddie Chauncy was Eddie Chauncy par excellence this evening. Inviting us to sit in imagination at his kitchen table to listen, he delivered a measured, contained, intimate set of poems alternating with songs, which left me, for one, feeling privileged to have been invited into his world.
So, as Cat commented later, we were "perfectly formed" on the night of January 20th. The next Spoken Word night at the Bar Des Arts is on Tuesday February 24th, when we welcome guest performers from London: Amy Neilson-Smith. Mike West and Natasha Muscovici.
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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.