Well, the second (and final) gig on our ‘We’re not dead yet’ tour was a resounding success. Sorry if you missed it, but I hope we’ll be doing more of this sort of event soon! Thanks to Richard and Adrienne at Macleay Bookshop (and special thanks for the pictures, which were a combined effort, using Adrienne’s iPhone!) and to Fergus, who was also there on the night 🙂 Our readers were Lynn Hard, Nigel Roberts, Noëlle Janaczewska, Arjun von Caemmerer and Andrew Lindsay. Again, just as for the Collected Works event, a great energy in the room. It was interesting to receive feedback (again) about how much people were enjoying hearing poetry by these jazz-loving poets. Their reading is powerful yet unaffected (those are my words, consolidating multiple comments from both audiences) and we all wondered if it is the natural links between improvised music and poetry that added a very special power, rythm and vitality to the Macleay Bookshop and Collected Works Readings.
Pictured above are Miriam with Arjun von Caemmerer and also with Noëlle Janaczewska plus a picture of Andrew Lindsay mid anecdote (telling us all about Linsey Pollak making music al instruments (and music) from all sorts of found objects) prior to reading his poem ‘The Music of All Things’ (extempore 5), and Arjun reading and explaining concrete poems, including a visual aid of Edgar’s Eyebrows (published in extempore 3). Noëlle Janaczewska read poems from extempore 3 & 5 and Lynn Hard read a poem from extempore 1. Nigel Roberts’ poetry has not appeared in extempore, but we think perhaps it should have – he read three jazz-related pieces and is an enthusiastic appreciator of jazz and improvised music! Hopefully we’ll be able to include his work in a future publication.