Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to give a Glasgow launch to my tall-lighthouse pamphlet ‘Pursued by Well-being’.
Jim Carruth, the head honcho of the St Mungo’s Mirrorball hacienda, asked William Bonar, Amy Anderson and I to read with him at the CCA.
Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD
+44 (0)141 352 4900
William read from the Clydebuilt pamphlet ‘North Light’, while Amy read from her new Calder Wood Press pamphlet ‘Night’s Fresh Velvet’. Jim rounded off the night with a selection of his own work.
Quite a thrill to read in the CCA Cinema space, and a good turnout on a winter school night.
134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow
My friend Ellen McAteer has gone mad and opened a poetry book store. Here’s how she explained herself to the doctors:
We are tell it slant, a new bookshop specialising in poetry, spoken word and visual poetry, based in the centre of Glasgow. If you are a poet, spoken-word or visual artist or publisher with your own books/pamphlets/CDs or visual poetry objects, we will sell them for you! Commission negotiable. Come get yourself some shelf space! We are also looking for performers for future events.
You can post items via onecubeortwo gallery, 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, or call 07720 526977, or email email@example.com for more information on commission etc.
My new pamphlets are now adorning the front window. Pop along, if you’re in the area. There aren’t many poetry book stores. They need your love.
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —
Issue 9 – Autumn 2013
The online journal Antiphon has been publishing fine poets since 2011, poets such as Harriet Tarlo, Ann Sansom and Alison Brackenbury.
Its recent commemorative issue 7 celebrated the Sheffield Poetry Festival and includes two poets for whom I have a great deal of time and respect: Julia Copus and Jean Sprackland.
Issue Nine features my poem ‘How Dark the Clyde’, which you can find in Act Three: http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/act-three-9
As a Drama teacher, I rather like the idea of the magazine being broken up into Acts. It gives it a sense of occasion. Tybalt kills Mercutio in Act Three, the latter cursing both Capulets and Montagues with ‘a plague o’ both your houses’. Banquo cops it in Act Three, poor old Polonius gets a sword in the arras, while across town in Salem there is ‘a whore’s vengeance’ being sought. There’s no Act Three in Waiting for Godot of course, which is a shame because I for one (and I might very well be the only one) would love to sit through it.
There is no pseudo-witchcraft or mis-taken drafts of poison in Issue Nine, just lovely poems from Robin Houghton, Mary Buchinger, Ann Douglas and many more, all under the editorship of Rosemary Badcoe and Noel Williams.
Never miss an opportunity to mention the greatest play ever written.