… it must be poetry at the Tchai Ovna.
Friday 3rd April, 8pm, Tchai Ovna, Otago Street Glasgow.
Readings from Tessa Ransford, Rob A Mackenzie, Jim Ferguson and myself. It would be nice to have a good audience, so please feel free to pass the word on.
PS: I don’t know if it’s risky or not, but I’ve decided to read only poems written this year, and not read in public before.
Yesterday (Sunday) I did a renga in Huntly for WordFringe. A beautiful Spring day, a lovely drive North, good company, and a fine poem came out of it. We only had 3 hours, so it was a shortened form – 12 verses. I think that makes it a junin renga, but that’s not a ‘classical’ length. Those start at 20 (nijuin), go on to 36 (kasen), and end with the great hyakuin – 100 verses, which usually needs 24 hours to write. I did one of them, with 8 other poets, in the Hidden Gardens at the Tramway in Glasgow some years back. It was a profoundly moving experience. The Huntly one was a more relaxed affair, and was followed by a long drive home. I think I’m probably getting too old to drive 400 miles in a day, but I’m glad I can still do it.