What would National Poetry Month be without attending at least one poetry reading, even if it is in a country that does not celebrate April as National Poetry Month?
Though I am not writing a poem-a-day as part of NaPoWriMo, I did want to attend as many literary events as I could. This first one of April being the monthly “Isn’t Everything Poetry?” night at Curious Fox Books in the Neukölln neighborhood of Berlin.
|Jason Francis Mc Gimsey|
From ‘Out of the gypsy tents…’
Through the gypsy tents on the darkening street, I’ll dash
after the withered cherry branch inside the black carriage,
after the snow-filled bonnet and the noise like a millstone.
All I recall was how they misfired, those chestnut locks
so smoky with bitterness—or was it ant’s acid?
Their amber dryness will stay on my lips.
From ‘This Toothless Night’
This toothless night
has a playful clock—
you hear the tick
but miss the tock.
The final featured reader, Rosie Allabarton, is also originally from the U.K. but now lives in Berlin. She is a graduate of the Birkbeck Creative Writing M.A. program. Many of Rosie’s poems were thematically linked by their attention to place, with titles including ‘Munich,’ ‘Budapest,’ and ‘Tempelhof,’ while other poems intimately addressed an unknown “you”.
From ‘Autumn #4’
… we watched the moon, a soft face
on the folding paper lake
our hands heavy and still on the tracks:
would the Autumn
be so inclined as Summer
I am very glad for the opportunity to purchase a copy of the new issue of Paris Lit Up, which is now being stocked by Curious Fox Books. Since I couldn’t be at AWP to spend my year’s earnings at the Book Fair, I could at least pick up a literary journal close to home, and get to know some of the European writers with whom I am not familiar. You can find out more about the Paris Lit Up community, open mic scene, magazine, and press, at http://parislitup.com/.