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After the successes of last month’s conversation on Blake and Césaire, the second instalment of our monthly poetry reading group is here. The group is intended to create a social space to talk about work from the full breadth of historical and contemporary dissident, heretical, non-conformist and revolutionary poetries, from Futurists to social realists to feminists to concrete poetry to dialect to dub poetry to the most recent stuff being produced in small press publications outside the networks of corporate coffee table ‘Poetry’. We’ll see where the spirit takes us. At each session we’ll take a couple of poems to read alongside one another, by two different poets, not necessarily contemporaries. A different person each month will choose the works we’re going to read and give a brief presentation about why it’s worth reading them together, followed by a discussion that might lead us to collective conclusions on the work
The sessions will be a social space for anyone who wants to think carefully about the poetry we’re reading, so no prior ‘expertise’ required, and no future expertise expected. All the poems will be circulated beforehand but we’ll also read them together at the beginning of each session.
The second session (and there’s no need to have attended the first), which will take place 7pm, Monday 29th March. We’ll look at some poems prose poems by Baudelaire, and some verses by Francois Villon! If you want to come along, please sign up for the eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mayday-radical-poetry-reading-group-2-tickets-144665433205 – and we will circulate the poems a week before we meet!