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
This Sunday 12 February, please join us at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka in the ACT for an inspiring event of jazz and poetry.
Geoff will read from his recent collection of jazz poetry A Sudden Sentence In The Air, and collaborate with bass player Alex Boneham: together, musician and poet create a groove that evokes the jazz clubs of New York and Paris. Don’t miss this combination of jazz and poetry – a perfect Sunday afternoon experience.
A long time lover of jazz and improvised music, Geoff Page has been writing poetry about the music and its musicians for many years. In this beautifully designed collection you’ll find poems about the US greats and local jazz luminaries; poems about audiences and venues too. This is pithy stuff and whether jazz is already embedded in your life, or you would simply like it to be, there will be something in these pages that speaks to you.
“If jazz could be written down in words, then this is it! Spirited, insightful, spontaneous; yet so cleverly constructed that every phrase delights and intrigues, revealing both unexpected and familiar truths about music and life.” Sandy Evans
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.
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.