Tuesday, December 07, 2010
snacks + readings, part the second
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Speaking of snacks and also readings, this was the repast Tracy Hamon and I shared when she marched into town for a reading/visit.
Her reading, conducted salon-style with Jonathan Ball and John Toone, was great fun. My favourite part was how John looked like he wanted to clothesline Jon after every poem of Jon's.
But that may have been personal business being hashed out on stage...
For those of you who don't know - and the quarrelsome Jo(h)ns didn't - a salon-style reading is one where a poet gets up and reads a single poem. The second reader, having listened to the first reader, then reads something from her/his book that sparks off an image or a theme or even just a single word from that poem. The third reader listens to the second reader...and you just keep going.
In this case, each reader did eleven poems. But most of them were short, so altogether it amounted to about 45 minutes. Which is about what they would have done if it had been a standard 15 minutes per reading...
The next day T and I visited EVERY single shop(pe) in Wolseley, including a vintage shop I hadn't yet frequented. And then collapsed next to this convenient spread.