As often happens, we began the evening feeling a little bit anxious, but this time it was not for the usual reason. Usually we're worried about the night including too many poets and not enough audience - but here we were, at 7.45. worried that we had a big group of listeners and only three poets, Justin, Alex de Suys and Andy Low! Luckily, the cavalry arrived in the shape of Bryan Baker, Andy Frost, Amy Deakin, James Lyall, Luke Kiraga, and Matt Matthews. There were persistent rumours of another James approaching the building to read in the open mic, but sadly, and to his loss, he didn't materialise!
By the end of the evening we felt like friends. We knew all about Dónall's Withered Heart and the story of the chair that couldn't speak Cat; all about Andy Low's love-life and his search for a new muse, and Andy Frost's love affair with She (a bike, not a lady biker, sadly stolen away).
We gained wisdom from Luke's poems (above) and enjoyed the good advice about building self esteem and positivity in Matt's work - and it was a poem, despite his disclaimer. (below)
From Justin we heard about the wisdom he'd acquired through travel and meditation in India and James (right) told us
We'd seen the dark side of lovely Amy, and with her had glimpsed the people hanging in the sky and celebrated the untimely death of her namesake in her poem inspired by the wonderful, obsessive drawings of Edward Gorey.
Alex waxed satirical about all kinds of stuff, and actually avoided mentioning fluffy bunny rabbits - or exploding them - even once!
movingly about the sad life of a neighbour, a prostitute, to the accompaniment of piano music that (thankfully) survived my clumsily knocking the player on to the floor. I read some poems that should have stayed on the page, especially as one was mostly in French and needed more rehearsal than I’d given it. If Only – yes, I read that poem too, rather more effectually.
I can't sign off without mentioning that lovely audience who came along to listen so attentively, to applaud so enthusiastically, and to consume the Tea Box's delicious food and drinks. Moroccan Mint is our favourite ....