Went to Aber bookshop tonight at the Art Center to see Tiffany Atkinson and Samantha Wynne-Dhydderch recite poetry from their newest publications.
Tiffany Atkinson author of Kink and Particle and Catulla et al, read from her new collection: So Many Moving Parts. Samantha Wynne-Dhydderch read from her newly published pamphlet entitled: Lime & Winter.
Really enjoyed tonight, had a glass of red wind and talked to Sadayo about poetry and culture. The reading was great, Tiffany read a selection of poems, one about growing up on an army base in Germany during the 80’s. One that I particularly liked was about the ego (if memory serves me right it was called Mantra). Some of her poems, centered on anatomy and the thematic of the human body along with its functions. I felt Tiffany Atkinson presented her work well and it was nice to see a real professional read out some interesting and original poems.
Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch - author of two poetry collections – Banjo, and Not In These Shoes also read from her new pamphlet Lime & Winter. Again a real treat for me to listen to good solid poetry written by a person who understands language. The tentacles of her words touched the listener - her poetry evoked the heart.
I loved Samantha’s playful use of language, her poetic meters and her different use of registers. I thought her poem about the strange creepy-crawlies who live in an old manner house was excellent. The piece was cleverly observed, told from an unusual viewpoint: it provided a microscopic perspective into the strange societies of little creatures. She also read a poem about a kite - that piece impressed me very much. In tonight's recital, Samatha did some wonderful stuff with language and like Tiffany Atkinson she presented the material with finesse.
Both Tiffany Atkinson and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch are author's who are in strict control of their materials - both proved to be masters in the English language and gave wonderful and memorable performances. What more can I say? A great evening with free wine!