On Sunday 12 February, at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka, ACT Geoff Page read from A Sudden Sentence In The Air, collaborating with Alex Boneham to create an event filled with the sounds of jazz and poetry.
An appreciative crowd added into the mix and we were treated to half an hour of poetry and music
Canberra-based Geoff Page has published 18 collections of poetry as well as numerous novels and anthologies, and he is active in the capital’s jazz scene, running monthly concerts. His new collection, A Sudden Sentence in the Air, contains a poem entitled A Manual of Style, dedicated to stellar Sydney saxophonist Bernie McGann, and selected by Black Inc for its forthcoming Best Australian Poems 2011. It’s easy to see why the 13-line poetic description of McGann’s playing was selected: Page’s savvy observations inform his lines, taking on a kind of riffing of language, echoing and explaining the music.
The launch at Wangaratta was fantastic! Geoff Page read from his collection of jazz poetry, accompanies by Alex Boneham on the bass. What a great way to launch a book of jazz poetry at the beginning of a jazz festival. Here are some pictures of the event.
Mike Nock will launch A Sudden Sentence In The Air at Wangaratta Jazz Festival on Friday 28 October at the Wangaratta Library. All welcome – let us know you’re coming so we can make sure we’ve catered properly…
If you want to support independent booksellers by getting your copy of A Sudden Sentence In The Air through them, you can let them know we self-distribute and the friendly and efficient Miriam can help them with consignment orders.