These two poems were published in SHELF HEROES‘ A and B zines about films, they’re inspired by The Aristocats and Bambi.
Well, we almost
had a father but
instead we have
this father figure
father away, but
still here and
teaching us, so
we don’t have to
know he’s just for
her, our mother,
to attract a
us kittens want
Bambi Realises That His Mum Has Died
It’s not so much the shot that does it,
but when you turn around and
you might have been
for a long time.
and when my moth-urrrrr
fast forwards over death she omits
that comes down from the mountain
that all moth-urrss
and, just this once,
to call me son.
Louise and I were commissioned by MüllZimmer to create a piece of work for their new publication, exploring the relationships between, language, sound and landscape. Lots of other artists did the same and the result is Less Apparent Horizon which you can buy from their site.
We made this great video based on my crowd pleaser ‘All the People I’ve Slept with This Week’.
Directed and edited by James Baxter of Baxter Media.
Here we all are at The Feminist Library for the launch party of Exchange, a collaboration between me and my pal Louise.
Photographs by Morgan Hill-Murphy.
Visit the Exchange site to find out more info, and buy a copy.
Poetry@The Talbot, or Catherine Madden&Friends as it came to be known, was my first venture into organising a poetry evening, and it went very well.
In the photo you can see me, Rory Porter, Alan Zapata and Tracy Mathewson. Johanne M. Hauge also read and we had an impromptu performance from Danny P!
Extra credit goes to Rory and Tracy, as these were their début appearances as poets.
Belated thanks to everyone who came, Nick Tatch for the printing, and The Talbot guys, Clare, Phil, and especially Rich Clarke who is an endless inspiration to us all.
The next event which I am helping to organise and reading at is something, also involving Alan Zapata.
On the 2nd August Alan and his partner Samira are hosting a fundraising even at Dig, Lewisham to raise money for setting up a volunteer project of English teachers for primary school children in a small village in the Amazon.
See here for more details about the project and this particular event. Sneak peek – it will involve barbecued fish.
Poetry For A Pound’s Summer Special and more news.
So, I should be reading during the open mic’ session at this event, but I’m not sure what time.
It looks good anyway.
In other news, the collaborative project with my friend Louise is coming along nicely, and we should be able to tell you about the book launch soon.