May 7, 2010
It’s been another busy week down Crichton’s Close. We welcomed the arrival of W S Graham’s ‘Untidy Dreadful Table’ with great joy, and spectated upon the power-hosing of our courtyard, which is now glittering in a sharp Friday afternoonish kind of sun.
We greatly enjoyed the Poetry Translation Centre’s Mexican poets, who were here with us on Saturday. If you weren’t among the hordes able to experience Zapotec aloud, you can glut yourself on the wonderful resources to be found on the Poetry Translation Centre’s website.
John Burnside has said that “Chase Twichell is one of America’s finest writers, a poet of philosophical depth, real engagement and profound compassion. Nobody writes better about what it means to be a conscientious participant in the daily miracle of this existence we share with other humans, with trees and stars and with the company of the animals.” You can imagine how excited we are to host her at the library here on Wednesday 12, 7.30pm, reading from her new collection, Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe) and talking with our Robyn about being a poetry editor, among other things. Here’s a sneak preview, courtesy of Pamela Robertson-Pearce, of Chase reading her poem ‘Savin Rock’.
Next Thursday, 6 – 7.30pm, brings a Nothing But the Poem reading group. Would you or your nearest and dearest like to renew your love of poetry with this fresh approach to reading? Free from criticism, reviews and hype, this is a chance to get up close and personal with just a few poems in a relaxed and friendly setting. To round off a busy week in events we’re jumping on the Museums at Night bandwagon and staying open late on Friday, in order to celebrate the library in all its beauty of the night. Starting at 8pm, we’ll have music from Jed Milroy, Chandra and Freight Train, a (‘haunted’) poetry tour and, of course, some poems! You know the Ben Stiller film Night at the Museum? It will be nothing like that.
New acquisitions this week, W S Graham’s table aside, include Douglas Robertson’s newly installed The Net Mender: an exhibition of box constructions and drawings. Douglas has collaborated with many poets, including Donald S Murray, Andrew Philip, Pascale Petit and Jen Hadfield and this exhibition fits the library space very beautifully. It’ll be in situ until Saturday 12 June.
Books wise, we were happy to take delivery of Chase Twichell’s Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New & Selected Poems, both for our collection and for sale at Wednesday’s event, and Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (both Bloodaxe) and Volume 2 of Timothy Neat’s biography of Hamish Henderson, Poetry Becomes People (Polygon). All coming to shelves near you soon!