New Poetry: Goodman, McCullough, Saphra and Potts in London
Thursday 15 March 2012 19:30–22:30
The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon
Four poets read from their debut collections, plus music from Ethan Saphra. Hosted by the fabulous Amy Key.
James Goodman’s Claytown (Salt Publishing).
Cornwall’s mineral, maritime and moorland realities are present here in a vital and present-day idiom, shot through with tough and compelling lyricism. An exciting and thoughtful debut.
John McCullough’s The Frost Fairs (Salt Publishing).
There’s a sense of wonder in these poems, a delight in the universe; a sense that life can be perpetually strange and fascinating; that we’re always on the edge of something new. John McCullough is a poet for whom language is a flexible gift. He can be formal and controlled, colloquial and intimate, sensuous and saucy.
Jacqueline Saphra’s The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (Flipped Eye).
Jacqueline Saphra’s poems are simultaneously as searing, sexy, funny and cleansing as any poems on earth – she has the gift of the sifter mixed with the power of the big sharp knife! Do not miss these savory pleasures.
Kate Potts’ Pure Hustle (Bloodaxe).
Pure Hustle is a gem of book in which Kate Potts conjures a poetry which astonishes and moves the reader. The texture of her language – its deft and surprising turns, its intense musicality – allows the many voices in these poems to soar.