Tuesday, November 29, 2005

What’s Been Going Down

Well, lots of school visits at the moment, which I’m enjoying. And last week I read some poems at a Hastings Festival gig. Most enjoyable. Yes, I did read the dog in the zoo poem (pronounced shitzoo!) as well some old favourites. Top of the bill was Zena Edwards, who, as well as being an excellent poet, played the thumb piano (or, I think, the marimba – correct me if I’m wrong).

And now I see that there’s a programme on UK TV on December 1st called The Contenders – featuring five performance poets – including Zena and Matt Harvey. Matt’s brilliant – so much so that I persuaded him to sell some of his little books on the Rabbit Press website (see opposite) He visited Hastings earlier in the year. I believe it’s aPop Idol type show with the winner winning some cash. If you get a chance to see it be sure to vote for Matt. It's good to see some poetry getting TV coverage.

This weekend we went to the North of Scotland (brrrrrr!!!) where there was a blizzard raging. Had a lovely time though, visiting old friends, eating and drinking. Mind you it took me over twelve hours to get home – including travelling on two cars, a plane and five different trains. Home now though, and just one more school visit, then time to do some more writing... Hooray!

Here are two of Matt’s poems…

A Pinch and a Punch
(a traditional spell to avert disaster)

a pinch and a punch
for the first of the month
a clip round the ear
for the start of the year
quite a bad headache
for the start of the decade
a pretty nasty injury
for the start of the century
and accident involving plutonium and uranium
for the start of the millennium

If Love

If love
can build a bridge
can affection
put up a shelf?

5 comments:

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

Trains planes and automobiles sounds exciting.

Will definately be looking out for that.
I wonder if it can mend a dish washer, cause my screwdriver isn't working and I seem to have one bit over and vghbfgr for the end of a comment, now I'm confused.

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Roger Stevens said...

Well Sue, wasn't really a very exciting journey home. A bit lonely actually. A cold wind blowing through deserted tube stations, downcast travellers and hours still to go.

Seems like The Contenders wasn't broadcast live and so we couldn't vote. I haven't heard yet who won -I'll let you know. Apparently part of it is going to be broadcast though at some time in the future.

michael said...

Gosh spam from old mail artists in Portugal now!

The thumb piano is a Mrbima or maybe a Mdinga
but a Marimba is a wooden xylophone!

Matts poems are excellent. Funny too.

Glad you enjoyed your Bonnie Wee visit a wae the trossacks. Did you see any trossacks? What about a haggis? Any running about in their kilts?

Brrr! You'd have to be braveheart to wear one in this weather!

Braveknees too!

michael said...

Actually I went away to look it up and its an Mbira.