The Seventh Quarry Issue 23 Winter-Spring 2016

Rigveda_MS2097Issue 23 of The Seventh Quarry had an Indian flavour. It featured interviews with not one but two renowned Indian poets: Hassanal Abdullah (by the Editor Peter Thabit Jones) and with Dr. H.K. Kaul, by Mandira Ghosh. Both poets earned my admiration with their lofty goals and their understanding of the role of poetry in modern society.

Both amaze with the scope of their work. Hassanal Abdullah wrote 29 books, among which is a 304-page epic about relations between people and the Universe. Dr. H.K. Kaul is the President of the Poetry Society (India) and his 200-page long poem Firdaus in Flames deals with political and social upheavals in India’s recent history.

One cannot help but be amazed by these two poets, who confess in their respective interviews that it is the highest aspirations of human spirit that are worthy writing about and that poetry can and should change society for the better. This, at the time when most English language poets normally reach as high as the attic, for a box marked “Grandmother”, in order to commit to poetry an old glove. Continue reading “The Seventh Quarry Issue 23 Winter-Spring 2016”

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Spoken Weird in Halifax

Audience at Spoken Weird, Jan 2014
Audience at Spoken Weird, Jan 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed Spoken Weird in Halifax run by the marvellous Geneviève L. Walsh – and was delighted to meet her Mom!

Geneviève L. Walsh
Geneviève L. Walsh

As usual, I could not stay for long, but I was happy to catch as highly political and straightforward performance by Keiron Lee Higgins. He says to racists and pop music fans what I am thinking about them.

Kieron Lee Higgins
Kieron Lee Higgins

John Darwin, a Manchester-based poet was kind enough to give my performance this review: “I was fascinated by the second guest Oxana Poberejnaia. Speaking fluently in a second language is hard enough but to write coherent and thought provoking poetry in one is astonishing. Her words were delightful, her mannerisms and delivery even more so. Unusual. She sticks in my head.” Much appreciated.

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I only regret missing Dominic Berry’s performance and not having participated in the haiku competition – which Winston plowes, as you can see from this photo, took very seriously.

Winston Composes Haiku
Winston Composes Haiku