Saturday, 30 August 2014

Dancing into the new term

So long since I posted here!
It seems like the summer holidays just took over and writing fell off the top of the priority list. I have been writing some poetry through August, but not as much as usual. (There's a little sample below).

There have been no open mic gatherings in my area through this month and I do find that I write my poetry with the live reading of the work in mind – it’s a real incentive when there are readings coming up.

So now that the season is starting again I am getting down to write some new poems and I am so much looking forward to getting out there to read some of the work.

I am still submitting my best poetry to magazines and competitions, so I can’t post it here, as most contributions to publishers and contests have to be unpublished.

There are several open mic events coming up during September, so I have spent some time getting my reading file up to date.

To start off, I am looking forward to going down to Laugharne this week where there is a regular live literature gathering at Browns Hotel, the famous watering hole of Dylan Thomas.

Then there will be the Folk Night at Rhosygilwen, Poems n Pints in Carmarthen and my home base, the Cellar Bards in Cardigan. There are a few others in between too – west Wales really is a great place for live literature events. More info on the Spoken Word Wales website (link below).

Here’s a little piece that recalls the emotion on the day I moved into my new home, over three years ago now …

Kitchen dance

feet on cold slate
in the heat of day,
she dances
in the space
she shaped with her joy

released to move
as she pleases
in her universe
she circles with the music
like she will never stop

opening her breath
to the whispers
the energy
the choice
the abundance

stepping, turning
embracing the core,
the centre place
feeling the space.



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