We’re enjoying more poetry in Guildford, and enjoying it more, since moving to hold our events at the Keep. April 3rd was no exception, especially as we had Steve Pottinger as guest poet. This month there were 19 readers from the floor, as well as an enthusiastic audience. Steve’s following is immense and faithful, and everyone who could manage it was there.
Steve has come to perform with us at least once a year, every year since we started out as Pop Up Poetry back in 2011, and he’s gone from strength to strength. His support of poetry performance has become even more practical since he became an executive at Write Out Loud, the website for performance poets and their events. Steve will never become a pen-pusher of the admin persuasion. He remains one of the most direct communicators and active poets on the poetry scene.
Of course, we asked for the Stabberjocky, his poem about the slithy Gove, a fantastic parody of the Lewis Carroll poem. It was quite apt, since the Keep is only a few hundred yards from the house that Carroll bought for his sisters, where he wrote ‘The Hunting of the Snark’. Steve’s wonderful fantasy of a night out in the Birmingham Bullring for Donald Trump followed, and several other favourites had us hanging on every well-chosen phrase and understated, well- timed word.
The Ostentatious Breast-Feeder had the room in uproar!
I wish I’d left the video camera running for a poem I don’t remember hearing before: Broadcast was a brilliant comment on the ways of advertisers and propagandists, which I would love to hear again. By the way, you'll find one of the poems Steve read tonight, on our Stage to Page page. And you'll find all of Steve's videos on his You Tube channel, here.
Dónall had new poems inspired by Norse mythology and by his best friend’s mother in Ireland, who was his ‘third Mammy’. The recent loss of his father inspired The Silken Chain. What the Clouds Think is a beautiful poem based on and transcending the tale of the Norse creation myth.
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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.