amongst books

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Poetic Desserts last night

Was fun and well-attended and well-cookied. Asoka read lots of Dylan Thomas; John read an anthology of Vehicule Press poets, Ricardo read some of Pablo Neruda's erotic poems from The Captain's Table, first in very sexy Spanish and then in English, Michelle read an Eastern European poet whose name escapes me, Gary read Brecht and Neruda and a bit of Newlove, Charles read Michael Dennis and I read from an anthology of women's poetry called "Claiming The Spirit Within."

Nat broke out into Harry Potter for one brief cockney moment. Asoka read one of his own poems tied into the other poems about Dylan Thomas. We always have at least one rebel ;)

One of the poems that really stood out for me was from the Vehicle Press anthology, Artie Gold's "sex at 31." It was absolutely brilliant.

Steve and Cathy showed up late and Cathy read some Ronnie R. Brown. Alas I didn't have any Ferlinghetti on my shelves, so Steve didn't read. As Ferlighetti wrote: "Sometimes during eternity some guys show up and one of them who shows up real late..." of course he was talking about Joseph, but heh, it kinda fits.

The next Poetic Desserts is Sunday, Feb 5. We've had requests for more truffles but I hate repeating myself.


John MacDonald said...

Michelle read from Russian poet, Vladimir Mayakovsky.

Clifford Duffy said...

Just found this blog recently and it's wonderful to learn people were reading Dylan Thomas, Mayokovsky and others. Once upon a time way back in the late 80's in Montreal, Howard Tessler a figure and poet from the Mtl "scene" back then, did a soiree completely devoted to reciting from memory a whole 90 minutes of other people's poetry. It was dramatic, he used lighting effects, created an ambience of past tense, and all in all a 'wonderful night was had by all.' Next time I am in Ottawa I plan to attend one of these Poetic Desserts. Does anyone read good old
Gwendolyn Mackewan? she once gave a poetry recial in Montreal that lasted 90 minutes. This was in 1966, and the audience was attentive and rapt. Them days poetry could be heard for itself and had no need of secondary effects to be heard.

Amanda Earl said...

That's cool, Clifford. Would be good to meet you. I'm enjoying Taking The Brim. Very interesting about Tessler. So far no one has recited from memory. I read some Gwendolyn McEwen, since she's still one of my favourites. Last time one of our guests read some Milton Acorn and told a great story about a coffee house in Stratford in the 60s. You never know what people will read at PD :)

Clifford Duffy said...

Hi Amanda, glad yer diggin Brim. I'll put up a link for yer blog.. I get spaced out here in bloglands and forget things... just put on a comment on yer recent posting..its wonderful to know you like Gwendolyn...