Dempsey & Windle Autumn Showcase 2019
21st October 2019, 7:30pm - 10:00pm, The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX
Proud to be reading at the Poetry Society Poetry Cafe, where there will be readings by seven poets recently published by Dempsey & Windle, whose books can be bought and signed at the event. There will be an open mic (5 slots, 3 minutes each) - sign up at the door between 7.00 and 7.30 on the night. Tickets will be on sale at the door from 7pm. Thank you Janice Dempsey for organising this.
Praise for Instead, Let Us Say:
"Down to earth, tender and compassionate, these are resilient poems 'loud with life', grounded in working-class roots, with a delicious alertness to sensual detail. Equally remarkable is their unabashed metaphysics, celebrating the hidden realities of love and unity of all life. On Hearing Alice Oswald Read Memorial is sheer genius."
"This is a sensual, tender-hearted poetry, aglow with its own humanity. There is, throughout, an intensely felt oneness with the natural world, rendered by a true poet in possession of impressive technical gifts. A very fine collection that rewards our attention."
"This pamphlet - Dawn Gorman's third - is a treasure-trove of moments caught in passing and held up to the light of the poet's imagination. Her work shows us how the central paradox of poetry is accomplished: how words can preserve fleeting impressions, stay the ephemeral, capture the intangible: 'Time's mouth is hungry, wide, / and one thing pulls in the next'. There is emotional depth here too; at the heart of the book is a group of poems tracing the arc of a love affair in images that are rooted in particular times and places yet reach out beyond the purely personal. That sense of connectedness with other lives is vividly enacted in other poems like Clout and Maiden Stakes where the poet evokes raw and brutal incidents with tender eloquence."