I’m in the process of streamlining the different sides to the site so that performances will be in a repository of their own. So, welcome to the video section! wahey! Anyway, I met up with the lovely Jo Bell - Glastonbury Festival website Poet in Residence and Director of National Poetry Day here in the UK the other day. Dominic Berry joined us and we had a good chinwag. Speaking of which, her new project Bugged wants UK writers to eavesdrop on July 1st and write novel poetry/ fiction/ etc based on snippets that they overhear. They have a Facebook page and a Twitter so go contacting if you’re up for it! Less of a tangent Max … Jo had brought her Flip video camera with her so we took a few videos of us performing poems in an alleyway-type-thing near Manchester Central Library - here’s one of mine!
I dunno if I see the world differently to people
whether it’s good, or not, if I do.
If it’s normal to imagine ivy-twined imps
crawling out from under hedges
and rusted-railed-rats scuttling on the street
chaperoning me when I’m walking home at night.
That I can tell the future from my cold cup of tea.
When I was young I had lessons from a family friend
on how to fly.
We never managed it,
the weather and the moon
weren’t right for it.
Is it weird that I think I’m a wizard sometimes?
try to open locks with a twitch of my hand
or a blow of my breath
think that it’s just a matter of time
before someone reveals to me my wand.
I’d wear a robe outside
but it clashes with the sun.
I can phase through metal and mirrors
in my head.
Can make trees grow their leaves back in winter.
I can make the grass speak to me
and listen to the treesong.
deep-bass-soul singers, you know.
I fly in my dreams
and sometimes when no one’s looking
and I’m alone on the road
I’ll run and run and jump
just to test whether or not it’s time.
Poetry Pillow - 4th June - UPDATED: both parts.
So, what happens when you shove a gay into a cafe and make him read poetry?
This is me. ENJOY :) x
Also, just so everyone knows, this is so my favourite job in the world.