"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde
I’ve been up against John Siddique twice this week, and that’s not as much fun as it sounds. The best-dressed poet in the North West (not much competition, admittedly) kept bumping into me in Manchester, as we went to interview for the same jobs. We called a truce and had lunch at the Cornerhouse.
The Illuminate festival kicked off this week with a ‘Floratorio’ at the Derby Theatre. We Living Derby folk were there with the Poorly Bears, waiting to be named by small children (the bears, not us).
Dan Boys of Audio Trails looks like a small child, but is apparently old enough to meet me for a pint at the Old Poet’s Corner (no, really) in Ashover and to discuss recorded poetry trails. My mum lives just around the corner, not that there is anything so urban as a corner in that part of Derbyshire, so I spent a day working from the ancestral home. I gazed out of the window at my mum battling heroically with things in the garden, in hopes that I have inherited her bottom. Alas, I think a bottom such as that has to be earned by a lot of hard gardening and marathon-running.
Meanwhile, I’ve been in glorious Birmingham to run another Writing Squad with Leila Rasheed; back in Derby fora reading with Derby Poetry Society; and at Ellesmere Port’s Action Transport Theatre for an instructive day of read-throughs for my short play. I marvel at the young actors there, who offer such generous and mature critiquing of a script. Kevin Dyer, too, who will direct the play at Chester Literature Festival, brought new angles to it and we began to see how it might work on stage.
So – it’s been a week of varied but pleasurable effort. With all these kinds of graft in mind, this week’s prompt for you to write about is work. Give us a poem, ideally about your own workplace and what you do in it. Show us your work environment, the characters or landmarks of the place, the things that infuriate or uplift you. Just make it about work and post it here in Comments before next Sunday…. meanwhile, I will go and have a look at my estate….