Friday, 17 August 2012

not the camsex show

Tim Atkins, Steven Fowler and Fabian McPherson read at the Apple Tree on Wednesday, each of them displaying a kind of wit and a dose of humour that would probably spell death in Camsex circles (for those not on the scene I’m referring here to the Cambridge and Sussex University ‘Marxists’). Not for those people the charms of Ted Berrigan or Philip Whalen. The London scene seems on the whole a lot more open to a poetic that doesn’t have to shout ‘I was a track star for Mineola Prep’. Fabian McPherson didn’t ignore economic theory: he broadcast its doctrines as an alarming Gregorian chant. Tim Atkins and Steven Fowler performed individually and together for a fine collaboration. Happy fiftieth, Tim!

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