Mary provided us with a beastly ‘confrontation.’ She also wrote a piece called ‘Body Thoughts’ – flash fiction where ‘teeming breaths mingle.’
Christie read a lovely piece about her talented brother who is a jazz musician. Her work provided a fascinating glimpse into the life of a young man.
Caroline performed, South Beach Looking West – a poem that appears in the anthology: Make Time for Aberystwyth, Published by the MA Anthology Group, Aberystwyth University, 2014. It’s a cool bit of writing – here’s an extract from the second stanza:
There, fingers of hushing foam touch calligraphic plastic
laid bright as paint on the shore.
trying to read man’s message
the water borrows on piece at a time
for its junk-island library.
George charmed us again with his warmth and wit. His poem Spartacus dealt with the quality food sold from that establishment. He also treated us to some of his erotic poetry, his ‘text message tempest’, and other ‘vicious literary rumors.’ Chinwag loves such ‘high brow’ gossip.
Word Distillery poet Tina, read a very touching poem about being a parent to a teenage daughter – the difficult transition from teenager to adult. I liked her poem very much, it added a strong touch of Realism to our evening. She also read us, Ted’s Thought Fox, her own take on the strange and mysterious process of the artist and her own creativity.
Diversify poet Jan, read Can you Count the Stars. This was a real treat for me; Jan has a subtlety of touch when it comes to words. This poem is simply delightful, and it’s imagery is both powerful and magic – a stunning and evocative piece of writing.
He walks in and out of my dreams
stalking the night in soft-soled shoes.
She also read out a spooky piece called, Dreamcatcher.
Word Distillery poet Eluned performed her poem – Harry. It's about a little boy and his red tricycle, the narrator painted a messy picture of ice cream memories. On a linked theme, she read out her poem Balloon, which was a wonderful short piece that evoked images of laughing children and Christmas parties. She also recited Lodestone, a poem about her black velvety cat. As always, the writing is tight and economical, as a writer, Eluned squeezes every word onto the page.
Thank you everyone for making the effort to come to our venue and reading your material. There is so much good stuff out there it’s unbelievable. I think we provide a space for people to read such cutting-edge stuff and present radical ideas and works. It’s a real pleasure to be involved with such talented bunch of writers. Also, a big thanks to the staff of Aberystwyth Art’s Centre and the lighting technician Paul – who did as always a great job.