Ourselves and the Shoemaker

8 Oct

file_000Anybody who thinks poetry is a load of cobblers should listen to Linda Black and Carrie Etter, the poetic inhabitants of very different worlds but each with their own sparse word outlook.

Co-editor of Long Poem Magazine and a brilliant illustrator, Linda Black read first from her Shearsman collection Slant and took us on a dazzling trip into the dark woods of language alongside Elizabeth Bishop and Virginia Woolf.

With footwear that evidenced a special relationship with the Shoemaker himself, Linda led us her way.

A lively and confident reading style made for an engrossing listen, with Gertrude Stein-like phrasing at times heightening the experience.

‘Is it not a long way from home?’

Is one of the many questions posed in Slant, my answer a clearly unclear ‘I recognise it but it doesn’t look like this.’

Fellow Shearsman poet and familiar face amongst the Swindon poets in the psychedelic tent of delicious air, Carrie Etter read from her chapbook Scar.

Composed of a single poem, Scar is an enthralling trip into the eye of the storm.

Carrie takes us right to ground level in the countryside of Illinois, inside the tornado.

A criminally neglected poetic theme makes an appearance too, with the crackle of CB radio filling the air somewhere as the weather closes in.

The twister is ‘feline slink’ ready to ‘annihilate’, Carrie’s words a breath away from disaster, a moment this side of a storm that’s passed.

Carrie Etter and Linda Black read at Poetry Swindon Festival, 8 October 2016 at the Richard Jefferies Museum Tent-Palace of the Delicious Air.

Written by Michael Scott.

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