Friday, 17 February 2012

Mt Pleasant and the Strand

Tuesday night’s readings presented a dilemma. Tim Allen, Robert Hampson and Jeremy Reed were on at Swedenborg Hall, but I went to The Apple Tree to hear Alan Halsey and Becky Cremin in the Crossing the Line series. Halsey read from his new book from Veer, Even if only out of. Both poets are fine performers, both are deconstructors and rebuilders of existing texts, though Cremin works at the level of the syllable and the isolated sound.

Last night I read briefly with several others at a gathering in memory of Peter Porter at Australia House.  This featured a strange assemblage of readers who may not in other circumstances have gathered together, featuring among others Alan Brownjohn, Wendy Cope, John Kinsella, Sean O’Brien, Don Paterson and Anthony Thwaite, the whole MCd by Adrian Caesar with music by Kwêsi Erdman and Morgan Pearse. 

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