LONDON SW5: weather report: poetry party
Date: Monday 20 February, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM
Troubadour Coffee-House, 263-267 Old Brompton Road, LONDON SW5 9JA
Publicity material for this event says:
weather report: poetry party with guest readers, music & prize-quiz, on/around the themes of wind, hail, showers, cloud-cover & sunlight…
I get all the news I need from the weather report, Paul Simon says: but writers get more than news from the weather’s infinite variety, from Bob Dylan’s Hard Rain to The Beatles Good Day Sunshine, or the range of mood-altering possibilities experienced in sunnier, or wilder & more tempest-riven, climes…
… from George Herbert’s Storm & TS Eliot’s yellow fog that rubs its back upon the windowpanes through to more contemporary poetic evocations Medbh McGuckian’s Snapdragon, choosing cloudy weather, the mantle of weather in Jorie Graham’s San Sepolcro, Paul Muldoon’s New Weather, Ruth Padel’s Icicles Round a Tree in Dumfriesshire & former Troubadour prizewinners, Marilyn Francis’s The Waltzer in Sunlight, Diana Pooley’s Heatwave & Mary O’Donnell’s A Young Fisherman Waits for the Weather to Change.
The use of weather similes & metaphors is ubiquitous, with Wordsworth lonely as a cloud, mercy dropping, according to Shakespeare, as the gentle rain from heaven, & weather a substitute for something, surely, in Emily Dickinson’s last words: Let us go in:, she said, the fog is rising.
Book, film & song titles abound too… Gone With the Wind, Stormy Weather, The Sun Also Rises, Snow Falling on Cedars, House of Sand & Fog, Cloud Atlas, The Ice Storm, Henderson the Rain King… But if we list too many of these, our quiz-questions on the night (which are always easy-peasy) will be even easier!
Come along to hear invited guest poets’ weather-report poem-choices, their own work, some written in Troubadour Sunday Gallery workshops perhaps, or poems by famous weather-watching poets of the past, listen to meteorologically-themed music; pit your weather-wits against our famously not-too-literary literary quiz & hear whose storm-tossed, rain-beaten, snow-drifted poem & performance wins our party-night bonus prize!