World Poetry Day
Since moving to Liverpool I have become a lover of poetry. Back at school I thought poetry was rather inaccessible, or rather it was a complicated form of writing that I would never ultimately be able to achieve myself. I now know that a poem can be anything. Whether it rhymes, has two lines, tells a story or simply lists things with the hope of portraying a particular image or meaning, it’s a poem. So yes, that could well mean that you’re a poet and you didn’t know it (I couldn’t resist that one.)
As today is World Poetry Day I thought I would take the time to scatter a few quotes from some great poets. If you’re interested in contemporary or performance poetry you can also find the names of a few poetry nights here in Liverpool that may be of interest to you below.
‘Let me sit here for ever,
with bare things,
this coffee cup,
this knife, this fork,
things in themselves,
myself being myself.’ – Virginia Woolf, The Waves
‘Love is not love
Which alters when it alterations finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever fixed mark’ – William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116
‘They flash upon that inward eye / Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.’ – William Wordsworth, The Daffodils
‘I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unlisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful – ‘ – Sylvia Plath, Mirror
‘Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.’ – John Keats, To Autumn
Poetry Nights in Liverpool…
The Egg Cafe, home to a variety of veggie and vegan delights, host their poetry open-mic night on the first Monday of every month (or second Monday if the first Monday is a Bank holiday.)
The Everyman‘s poetry and spoken word evening ‘A Lovely Word’ is the second Monday of every month in the depths of The Everyman basement.
The Everyman also host an evening called ‘Scratch Night’ which gives you the opportunity to see the work of creatives before anybody else does. Performances cover anything from stand-up to spoken word, music, mime and much more.
Liverpool Poetry Cafe provides poetry readings every month from international, national and regional poets along with monthly audio and video poetry discussion groups in the beauty of The Bluecoat centre.