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My big excitement last Saturday was the letterbox arrival of the Iron Book of New Humorous Verse (edited by Eileen Jones and published by Iron Press) which has one of my poems in it.  The poem is ‘Please Rush Me’ and seeing as I can’t get to the launch in Newcastle, I read it at the Ballroom Cafe yesterday. 

Iron Press is a small press in North Shields, Northumberland (all the way over on the other side of the River Tyne from South Shields, where I was born).   I’m really enjoying the book, which includes well-known UK poets like Wendy Cope, Linda France and W N Herbert.  The Iron Press website says of the book : “Subjects include the annual shindig for Greenland’s literary elite, a paean to a wonderbra, a knitted orgasm, Superman’s pet lemming and a sonnet to a Yorkshire Pudding.”  Who says poetry can’t be fun.

I have made a video clip of myself reading the poem, which  I would have inserted into this post, but WordPress would charge me $US60 a year for the privilege.  Instead, I have made a new blog on Blogspot where I don’t have to pay to upload videos:

http://janisfreegard.blogspot.com/

Tim Jones did a fine job as the Ballroom’s featured poet yesterday – I’m very much looking forward to his next collection: Men Briefly Explained.  The Ballroom has really taken off as a poetry venue.  Next month, Saradha Koirala will be the guest poet.

Don’t forget to check out the other Tuesday poems, via the quill button to the left.

A quick post about a few things coming up in Wellington:

 

The Spring Sessions: Live Poetry Readings w/ Fuyukos Fables & The Lost Boys

at The Watusi, 6 Edwards Street, Central Wellington
Thursday 14th October 8pm start

GENRES: folk, indie, pop

The Lost Boys describe themselves as ‘Lost Rock’

Graham Candy – vocals and guitar
Kyo Won (Charles Park) – lead guitar
Campbell Bond – bass
Ethan Lloyd – drums

Then on Sunday, it’s

Poetry at The Ballroom Café

Guest Poet: Tim Jones

Musicians: The Gracious Deviants

Open mic session

Sunday 17 October, 4 – 6pm

The Ballroom Café, cnr Riddiford St & Adelaide Rd, Newtown

ballroom poster October

and next Monday:

NZPS Monthly Poetry Reading, Wellington

Monday 18 October, 7.30pm
The Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St

The meeting will be all open mic. night. Bring 2-3 (shortish) poems of your own and one of someone else’s to share and introduce us to. 

All welcome. Entry: $2.

More events around the country here: http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/poetrynews

from Tender Buttons, by Gertrude Stein.

A PIECE OF COFFEE.

More of double.

A place in no new table.

A single image is not splendor. Dirty is yellow. A sign of more in not mentioned. A piece of coffee is not a detainer. The resemblance to yellow is dirtier and distincter. The clean mixture is whiter and not coal color, never more coal color than altogether.

The sight of a reason, the same sight slighter, the sight of a simpler negative answer, the same sore sounder, the intention to wishing, the same splendor, the same furniture.

The time to show a message is when too late and later there is no hanging in a blight.

A not torn rose-wood color. If it is not dangerous then a pleasure and more than any other if it is cheap is not cheaper. The amusing side is that the sooner there are no fewer the more certain is the necessity dwindled. Supposing that the case contained rose-wood and a color. Supposing that there was no reason for a distress and more likely for a number, supposing that there was no astonishment, is it not necessary to mingle astonishment.

The settling of stationing cleaning is one way not to shatter scatter and scattering. The one way to use custom is to use soap and silk for cleaning. The one way to see cotton is to have a design concentrating the illusion and the illustration. The perfect way is to accustom the thing to have a lining and the shape of a ribbon and to be solid, quite solid in standing and to use heaviness in morning. It is light enough in that. It has that shape nicely. Very nicely may not be exaggerating. Very strongly may be sincerely fainting. May be strangely flattering. May not be strange in everything. May not be strange to.

Gertrude Stein on the cover of Time, 1933

I love Gertrude Stein’s work.  This is an extract from ‘Tender Buttons’ a prose poem sequence.  You can read the full work here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15396/15396-h/15396-h.htm

Gertrude Stein (1874 – 1946) was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania in America, but spent most of her life in France.  She was a writer, poet, feminist, thinker, playwright and a key figure in modern art and literature.  Her salon at Rue de Fleurus attracted many great artists and writers (such as Picasso, Matisse and Hemingway).  Her romantic relationship with Alice B Toklas lasted forty years.

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