THE RETURN OF THE ANCIENT. In late sixties and early seventies Liverpool had fun reading at O`Conners, Chauffers, The Why Not, etc; At Sansom and Barlows recorded for German radio and won fleeting local fame in the Echo reading with McGough. (Also once read – on an Adrian Hendri bill – to a completely empty Parr Hall in Warrington (Shame on you Warrington). Later read to a student occupied, Manchester University with Jim Blackburn`s Lancashire Poets, Then-with Jim–read at the Gazebo in Duke street, where we were filmed for television (but it was never screened) When Jim disappeared I ran the Gazebo alone, until life as a Trade Union official and national negotiator mucked up my free time. Retired (educationally raw) in my late fifties, saw the opportunities, did the O and A levels, and lifted a couple of literary degrees from a profoundly un-impressed Liverpool University, during which time I wrote and put on a one-act play and got the theatre-bug. Later did a course at the Joe Makin at the John Moores university and had a full length play looked at and rejected–helpfully-by the Everyman. No one seemed anxious to look at my third play: a social satire set in an abortion clinic (I can`t for the life of me imagine why) Anyway, this `gasp from the past` is delighted to find the poetry scene still in good health and had fun doing the rounds again. All this new, democratic, internet stuff is like launching little candle boats of poetic endeavour out on to the Ganges of universal criticism – I love it.
THE MANNER OF HER GOING Last night, Just at the onset of the dark, When the slow withdrawal of the light Had left the whole world stark And all around was emptiness and height, As I sat, listening to the vastness – bent ..................................She went.
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