birdsong vs. plastic bag // austere beauty for tortured souls // song lyric review

“Blackbird, don’t sing,” goes the refrain of Finland’s this year’s Eurovision song. While the singing of a blackbird is a common trope in poetry and song lyrics, symbolising ultimate beauty that soothes the soul, it is perfectly understandable why the lyric speaker of this song wishes to hear none of it. It is a common … More birdsong vs. plastic bag // austere beauty for tortured souls // song lyric review

Meltdown!

I saw Iggy Pop on Thursday! Photo by Michael Clift – I was too spellbound toremember to take any!  He was one of the acts for Southbank Centre’s Meltdown, directed this year by Yoko Ono. Patti Smith is also on the list, but her gig was, as was expected, sold out in a blink of … More Meltdown!

Black Leather and a Piano in the Basement Room

Yesterday night, Jeremy Sallon, Ian Sinkovits, Ernie Burns and myself gathered at the Torriano Bar‘s basement room to read poetry. We featured the lovely Rachael Black and had a great bunch of open mic poets as well. I’m madly in love with the venue. It’s at 71-73 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town. We’ll be there again … More Black Leather and a Piano in the Basement Room