WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
That it is cheaper to buy a new printer, than to buy two new ink cartridges for the old one.
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
A day of Poetry in July
5 – J.J. Cale.
SOME OF MY DOINGS.
My blog heading plays upon the title of one of my favourite films Jazz on a Summer’s day, this movie documented the Newport Jazz Festival of 1958 and was ground breaking in its approach to filming concerts, its defining methods were used to produce the film of Woodstock in 1970. Whilst I can’t offer you the relaxed atmosphere of peace and leisure of Newport in the late 1950’s, last Thursday saw me attend a meeting in Nuneaton to discuss the Nuneaton’s Summer Day of Poetry which will take place on 2nd July.
I will be the Poet in Residence and will be wandering around the town throughout the day, observing, listening, tasting, smelling and touching and then turning all of this into poetry, which I will post on a live blog throughout the day. I am also planning to be tweeting and encouraging people to tweet lines of poetry to me which I will then use to create some collaborative poems.
I will be using all the tried and tested methods of eavesdropping, so marvellously developed and encouraged by Jo Bell and David Calcutt in the Bugged project. Listening in to other peoples conversations is now a legitimate artistic research thanks to Jo and David so if you are in town that day you may find your conversations being broadcast as a poem at the open mic.
On the day there will be poets reading and performing in the Market Place, by the George Eliot Statue, in the library and at Waterstones Bookshop followed by an open mic at the Crown Pub in the early evening.
There will also be book sales and poets from the Nine Arches Press. The event is being promoted byNuneatonand Bedworth Borough Council and is supported by Warwickshire County Arts, The Nine Arches Press, The George Eliot Fellowship, the Polesworth Poets Trail and Nuneaton Library.
It is also hoped that we will have some Minstrel Poets who for a donation will create poetry on the spot using a word provided by the donor. We are also looking for some action artists to draw images in response to the poetry, which is an interesting twist as poets normally respond to works of art.
The children will be given an opportunity to make one of my amazing Poetry Kites, whilst there will be opportunities for the less technically minded who are not aficionados of Twitter to write lines of poetry which will be built up into a town poem throughout the day.
The day will close with an open mic in the Crown Pub where poets can relax with some real ale at the Pints and Poets early doors.
The event will be raising money for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice, who are celebrating 20 years this year, through street collections and a JustGiving page.
The group that met on Thursday saw representatives from all the supporting organisations, who were all fired up with enthusiasm to bring poetry out onto the streets to new audiences.
So if you want to read or help out in any way then please contact me, if you can’t make it on the day then do follow the tweets and the blog and donate through the justgiving page. Details of which will be given nearer the day.
The Shindig in Leicester last Monday was a really well attended event and as I arrived a few minutes late I struggled to get a seat, which in my opinion is great as it shows that there is a real thirst for poetry inLeicester. The event was a collaborative evening between Crystal Clear Creators, who ran the first half and Nine Arches Press who ran the second half.
Gary Longden reviewed the evening and you can find his review at:
Spoken Worlds on Friday moved to its new location at the Old Cottage Tavern and I’d like to thank Gary Longden for his great review at http://www.behindthearras.com/pubreviews.html#spoken2. It is much appreciated.
Last week also saw me talking to Deborah Hadfield about here forthcoming film Sweetest Love, the production progresses at a pace with further developments to the script and some wonderful time spent on casting, from which she tells me to expect an exciting announcement in the near future.
Deborah has also agreed world wide distribution for the film through A1 Distribution which sees Chris Abbott come on board as one of the producers.
Producers Nick O’Hagan, James Young of Giant Films are also now on board.
You can keep up with Deborah’s progress through the film website and face book pages.
Now to my list of lost poets, which you will notice is now on its own page with the blog links to each of the poets.
My lost poet this week is Langston Hughes (1902-1967) he was born in Joplin Missouri and raised by his Grandmother inKansas. He later moved toNew York where he was part of the Harlem Renaissance, which saw a racial pride focus on uplifting the voice of the Negro through intellect and the production of literature, art and music.
He is described on his page on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langston_Hughes as
“Hughes stressed a racial consciousness and cultural nationalism devoid of self-hate that united people of African descent and Africa across the globe and encouraged pride in their diverse black folk culture and black aesthetic.”
He was one of the few Black writers in his time, to promote racial consciousness as an inspiration for black writers and was to influence writers such as Jacques Roumain, Nicolás Guillén, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and Aimé Césaire.
Patricia E Bonner describes Hughes poetry
“Langston Hughes’ harmonious fusion of poetry and music produced an exciting and provocative new poetic style and art form that sang the blues and crackled with the fire of jazz”. The text holds weight with its fluent, comprehensive, and comprehensible language.”
Bonner continues by offering brief but crucial of blues and jazz, in order to give the reader a sense of why Langston Hughes was influenced by the music.
“The text succeeds in concentrating on the poetry rather than just on the music. ”
Also, Bonner delves into the impact jazz had on Hughes’s life, and not simply his writing, which effectively personalizes and explains his desire to fuse music and writing. The article provides essential background of the music, as well as shedding light on why the music influenced Hughes, culminating in the establishment of Hughes as the founder of the jazz poetry movement.”
(From Bonner, Patricia E. (1990). Cryin’ the Jazzy Blues and Livin’ Blue Jazz. West Georgia College Review, 20, 15-29.)
What a wonderful description, poetry that “sang the blues and crackled with the fire of Jazz”, it is my love of the Blues and Jazz, which first introduced me to the works of Langston Hughes. His poetry exploring the world through the musical timings and cadence fused with words of solitude and anguish, to create the new form of Jazz poetry. It sings of Cotton Hollers, Bebop, Gospel, Jazz and the Delta Blues.
His first collection the Weary Blues published in 1926 includes “The Negro speaks of Rivers”, which he wrote in 1920 whilst on a journey toSt Louiswhen the train crossed theMississippi. Lines from this poem are inscribed on the granite wall of the Rivers of Tennessee Fountain in the Bicentennial Park in Nashville and for me are the only words on the wall that really mean anything.
COMING SOON DOINGS
Readings in May.
3rd May – Night Blue Fruit – Taylor John’s Coventry
17th May – The Fizz 7 – Polesworth Abbey
20th May – Spoken Worlds – Burton upon Trent