Join Robert Peake and Richie McCaffery at the Poetry Café in London to launch their new books. With special guests Abegail Morley and Josephine Corcoran.
Throughout 2018 Nine Arches Press is celebrating 10 years of publishing. Join us for our birthday summer soirée as we celebrate the launch of two exciting new collections!
British-American poet Robert Peake returns with his much-anticipated second collection, Cyclone: poems about weathering storms — personal, political, psychological — in our present-day climate of chaos. From his trans-Atlantic perspective Robert writes of global turmoil and belonging, of bereavement and the long aftermath, and of everyday kindnesses.
Exploring place and displacement, boundaries and borders, Richie McCaffery’s latest work, Passport, grew out of his experience of living in Ghent. As an ‘outsider’ in the city, his poems explore the meaning of running from and coming back home, and how we find our place in life, love and language.
The evening will also feature special guest readings from Josephine Corcoran, with her debut collection What Are You After?, plus Forward Prize-shortlisted poet Abegail Morley, reading from the acclaimed The Skin Diary.
This is a free event — all welcome!
Optional RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/520012331767725/
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The Man with the Kindest Face
The rear-view glimpse is fleeting
as he lets you into the lane.
He might not have a face at all
or change it like a set of masks—
behind a newspaper in the waiting room,
sliding over to make room on the bus.
You resolve next time to look at him,
risk letting him look back at you.
You taste the salt in your throat,
and you hear him ask, What’s wrong?
You smile at him and say, Nothing.
And you mean it. Nothing at all.
The man with the kindest face has change for a twenty
He doesn’t look rich. Yet his pockets overflow with coins. “How much do you need?” he asks, and you tell him. You want to tell him more—-that you need to believe, understand, be heard. He extends his closed hand like a magician. You expect nothing. You expect a dove to fly out from his sleeve. You open your hand, beneath his, and wait.
The poem is a splice of the first poem that opens my new collection Cyclone and one of the many poems featuring the same figure that recurs throughout the collection. The film is footage from the Prelinger Archives, which I projected cylindrically into a 3D rendering environment (Blender), rotating the camera to give a continuous scroll effect. I then sliced and flipped this, giving the Rorschach-test-like effect of imagery spilling out from the midline. We then projected this footage onto the face of our friend and actor Barney Wells with a sheet behind him and filmed it. Valerie once again composed and performed the music, and from there it all came together quite quickly in the editing process.
“A poem on paper is nothing more than a piece of writing that may be used for anything that can be done with a piece of writing.”
This event celebrates the multiple forms a poem can take and the multiple voices it can accommodate. It brings together four artists bound by their shared passion for poetry and the arts.
Poetry: Eleni Cay, Robert Peake and Anna Selby
Piano: Valerie Kampmeier
Visual Art: “Did you know? This is Slovakia”
Join Robert Peake and UK poets Alex Bell, Katherine Lockton and John Canfield at the unique North London venue The Room.
Join Robert Peake and Slovakian poet Eleni Cay for a night of poetry at the Torriano Meeting House in Kentish Town.
The summer and autumn months are looking good for poetry.
I will be giving a variety of readings, in a variety of different formats, at various locations throughout the UK, between now and the end of October.
Hope to see you there!