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Antony Mair launches ‘Bestiary, and Other Animals’ at the Poetry Cafe

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Antony Mair, signing ‘Bestiary, and Other Animals’ 20 June 18 at the Poetry Cafe

To The Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden last night, where Antony Mair launched his first full collection, Bestiary, and Other Animals, published by Live Canon. The Poetry Cafe was more crowded than I have ever seen it. Introduced by Helen Eastman, director of Live Canon, the reading was in two halves, reflecting the two sections of the book. Antony read poems from Bestiary, a sequence of 26 animal poems from Aardvark to Zebra.  In the second half, two actors from live Live Canon read from the And Other Animals section, they brilliantly expressed the energy and emotions in the poems. It was an extremely enjoyable evening.

I haven’t had the book for a day hours yet, but from reading the poems this morning, and on the train home last night, Antony’s poems shine with warmth, acute observation and an understated but powerful originality. It’s a cracking collection. Buy your copy here you’d be mad not to.

 

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Painters, Performance Poetry Readings

Ernstophilia

Several years ago I had a feverish flu and was staying in a room where the only thing within reach of the bed was a book of Max Ernst’s fabulous paintings. I love Ernst anyway, and when I recovered I wrote this poem about someone who is deliriously obsessed by the painter’s work. It was originally published in Poetry London, and was collected in my latest pamphlet ‘The Nightwork’.

I was stealthily filmed reading it in London last month by my friend Robin Houghton at the Poetry Cafe in London. As the Poetry Cafe is in Covent Garden and the poem mentions Covent Garden I often read it there.

The poem mentions this picture by Ernst in it, called ‘L’Ange du Foyer’, which can be translated as ‘The Fireside Angel’.

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Reading Jan 7th Poetry Cafe

Here’s another Telltale Press event to jolt you into 2016 wide-eyed with wonder. I’ll be reading with Jack Underwood, snapped up by Fabers like a hot kipper, Kitty Coles whose poems are charged with mythic power, plus Cartoon Kid and Telltale favourite Siegfried Baber.

A shout out to Andrew King whose photograph of me reading at the Red Roaster I purloined for use in this poster.

 

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Stanza Bonanza – 25th June, Poetry Café, Covent Garden

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I find myself pulling on the jersey for Brighton in a Brighton vs Palmer’s Green event, a ‘Stanza Bonanza’ at the Poetry Café near Covent Garden. Entry’s free and everyone is welcome. It starts at 7:00 and poets will be bludgeoning one another with their deathless poems till about 9.30pm. I for one am looking forward to it. Full event details here

Wednesday 25th June at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.