National Poetry Day Cut Up Courtesy of Sarah L Dixon and Brian Patten

Sarah did mini workshops throughout the day the one I was able to attend involved plastic cups with one whole poem in it cut up into lines for us to play with. Is the poem that was cut up into lines in a plastic cup. I actually know the poem so well I could recognise it mushed up in a cup without her telling me which one it was. Its great poem and look him up on youtube his readings are wonderful.

Anyway aside from the first line I tore the strips up and made a short little thing. I also read as best I could outside in Chorlton with no amplification (Sarah L Dixon was told at short notice the readings would be outside) which leads to a side point in that I wish venues would understand what people need in order to read and hear poetry effectively. The poets present did their best to project but when an event is outside next to a road no amplification makes things a little difficult. I missed most of the event as I had to leave for work but Steven Waling and Rosie Lugosi and Neil Fawcett (one of the best projectors there) were excellent and it was great to celebrate a bit of national poetry day with poets.


The night vomits up its secrets

Into his blood, afraid, exhausted

 it clung in it like ants

and never let go again

but he was a rose mask that terrifies you

and the stars his eyes and mouth beyond caring

did not recognise he had lived the nightingales song

its all used up, lovingly, transparent, lyrical

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This blog is for the trio of people behind Stirred to express the directions their work is taking. Stirred is a women's poetry night where women and men are encouraged to read pro-women poetry. The thinking behind this night originated with Anna Percy, who hosts the night. Her co-host Rebecca Audra Smith and the designer of posters and general photographer Sara Ellis complete the trio. Anna Percy's poetry is usually concerned with love, loss, losing your mind, the natural world and the surreal. She performs regularly in both Manchester and Norwich. She voluntarily runs workshops and has been a performer of racy feminist poetry for some years. Rebecca Audra Smith is also a regular performer on Manchester's poetry scene. Her poetry is often described as sensual, it's subjects are the depths of our relationship to ourselves and other people. Her work is an introspective look at how people interact with the world. Sara Ellis studies a photography BA and is the designer of Stirred's image and official photographer. Her work utilises elements of street photography while demonstrating a humour and curiosity about our surroundings, both rural and urban, that brings many layers to her images.
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