Poetry in ‘Ackney

Five years ago I joined a poetry group in Hackney Central Library and felt very uncomfortable. Members either bared their souls or were suspiciously looking around the table. I did go with two nutcases who came along for the ride so in fairness it was difficult for the facilitator to pitch the event correctly. There were many oversized egos present and plenty of earnest poetry reading voices. Stephen Fry knows what I mean.

Anyway the facilitator persevered because he was passionate about his spiritual journey and just wanted to get a creative writing group going without any reference to ‘pop-up’ or any nod to the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012. I could be wrong.

The Wordlovers Society (ugh! How I hate that title) has its celebration of being active in Clapton Library for five years and that takes place freely on 5th December 2013 at the Hackney Museum at 5.30pm. Yay!

So tonight I went to the poetry-share (my word) hosted by Cirillo at the Centre For Better Health in Darnley Road Hackney. I was terribly late having had a nail-biting day. The sessions are every fortnight at 6pm. I arrived there breathless and near to the end but had to get there because of my own passion, my respect for the facilitator and other poets and because its a friendly social meeting.

During the last session we did discuss the use of the word “nutcase” even as we sat in the hall of a building dedicated to people with mental health issues and knowing full well that some of our poets had been “sectioned”. At one point we discussed Baden Prince Junior’s poetry and I’d refused to read one of the poems because it had in it the word “vagina”. Now that word is huglee! Then a member offered “I love the word “c**t and I needed a wire for my dropped jaw. In the same paragraph another guy said “half-caste”. Now I usually correct that racist language, with a big Miss Piggy smile and flick of hair , but I was still reeling from hearing the c-word, enunciated with a licked tongue poking around full lips, and the blatant confession from a woman about loving it.  The statement was made with full-on relish. Note to self, “I really must step up my lesbian detection powers”.

There will be a sharing of poems on 11th December 2013 at The Centre for Better Health Hackney as an added feature in the launch event of RAGWORKS wall-hangings. We shall view, sit around, munch on nibbles, possibly sip some wine and laugh. Everyone is welcome. Five o’clock.

Up Your Street5 issue 7

Tues Feb 15th      free 10-5pm  Exhibition “Walking Proud”Tower Hamlets History Library E1 4DQ

Wed  Feb 16th       nb Mahogany Bar closed for one evening at  Wilton’s Music Hall.

Sat     Feb    19th  £3   Tea Dance  2-5pm Rag Roof Company, Finsbury Town Hall, Islington.

                                free   Hackney 2 mile walk . Meet  Hackney Town Hall 2pm. Walking the ancient market porters’ route. Book with the Hackney Society

Tues   Feb  22nd  £2.50 Leyton Tea dance . 2.30-5pm Plumtree Studios by Blockbusters in Bakers Arms Leyton.

Thurs  Feb 24th  free  10-12 Homerton Library,Hackney .Seniors morning

                                     free    5.30pm Clapton Library  ‘The Wordlovers Society’ poetry with K.G Lester.

Fri    Feb  25th  Red Heart Day…wear red!  

                                      free            7pm Cinema Club at Wilton’s Music Hall “The Wild One” (1953)       starring Marlon Brando.

Sat    Feb   26th free     “Walking Proud” exhibition ends 5pm  in Tower Hamlets History Library.

                             £3      5-7pm   Gypsies inspired entertainment evening with an open mic. Round Chapel, Hackney.