I had a chat with David Turner from Lunar Poetry Podcasts and read some poems. There’s also a transcript available for this podcast, which features Matt Abbott as well. Lunar Poetry Podcasts do loads of good interviews, so you should keep up with them.
I wrote a poem called Bed Sex, for the Glasgow based zine, Letters to Barnacle, which is inspired by James Joyce’s filthy letters to Nora Barnacle, check it out, the whole zine is dead rude.
Bed Sex I dream I fuck an old woman and wake up more anxious than usual, perhaps because she’s looking away and as I spin her round her bum and boobs are so soft that she’s not an old lady now at all. Next, a paternal presence with hyena mane closes down his shop so we can do it, but the customers keep on coming in and in and we feel guilty. Tomorrow I am going to a fake forest, fearlessly to be touched as if there was no word like ‘touch’ and no red, scratchy body either. Sex!
Forza Zine is a beautiful and thoughtful publication, put together by my very good friend Rory Porter in Glasgow. The first issue is a collection of words and pictures centred around the themes of home, place, space and exile. I am pleased to have one of my poems, Times and Places i included in it and illustrated by the wonderful Liepa Kuraite.
Times and Places How odd that you wake up with the man you love in a friend’s flat, but because of your dreams he seems different and then once he’s gone their flat is sad and cold? and you feel sad for them and the way their toilet is discoloured. Then, you think you’re walking to Brixton but you end up in Clapham, which is just as grim as places like Moreton from your childhood and you think you’ll never get to Brixton but then things become comforting, and old and to do with trains. This day could be happening at any time from 1990 to now, anywhere between Birkenhead and here and it’s been 17 years to the day that your brother was born And you soothe yourself that that wasn’t so long ago, But why? As if you could get back there, as if you’d want to.
About six months ago, my friend Louise Evans and I decided to “do a book”. She sent me five pictures, which I responded to with a poem, and I sent her the same amount of poems, which she illustrated. We called the end result Exchange.
We’ve printing them, binding them by hand, and having a super cool launch party at The Feminist Library on 13th September, as part of their Salon series.
They’ll be copies of Exchange to buy, and readings from me, Johanne Haugue, and Tracy Mathewson. Tracy will also be playing some accordion music, and they’ll be refreshments, and the library’s amazing book shop will have a stall.
Entry is by donation, with £3 as a suggestion.
I’m really excited to be reading at this event on Thursday as part of week of events at The Talbot in Brockley/Lewisham.
So, I wrote a description of my ideal life and my friend Louise made it all beautiful.
She also framed it for me and now I have it above my bed.