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Keep the Home Fires Burning – Wind and Words of World War 1

Title: Keep the Home Fires Burning – Wind and Words of World War 1

Date: November 10, 2017

Location: London, England
Description: Keep the Home Fires Burning is a recital of clarinet and poetry based on The First World War. It combines tunes of the period with both poems and writings weaving them into one continuous performance. Much of the programme consists of poems written by poets who served in The Great War, including Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, John Mcrae, Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg. The music, made famous at the time, features a range of composers including Ivor Novello, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin.

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Coronet International Festival presents Narrative Poem

Title: Coronet International Festival presents Narrative Poem

Date: November 10, 2017

Location: London, England
Description: This spellbinding performance combining poetry, dance and live music is from the world’s most influential and innovative Chinese poet Yang Lian.

Narrative Poem is Yang’s most personal poetry to date travelling back and forth in time, covering his childhood and his harrowing ‘re-education through labour’, digging graves in rural China, his first period of exile in New Zealand, and his subsequent adventures and travels around Europe and elsewhere.

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A Poem For Every Day of the Year

Title: A Poem For Every Day of the Year

Date: November 10, 2017

Location: London, England
Description: Following the success of A Poem for Every Night of the Year (Independent Bookshop Week Award 2017) Allie Esiri’s new anthology, A Poem for Every Day of the Year is a journey through a calendar year, highlighting key moments and dates with a poem for every day, by writers such as Keats, W H Auden, Maya Angelou and Kate Tempest. An inspiring evening of readings of some of the magical and humorous poems in this journey through history and human experience. Read by actors including Adjoa Andoh, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Mangan, Helen McCrory, Simon Russell Beale and Samuel West.

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) 5th Anniversary

Title: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) 5th Anniversary

Date: November 28, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto, Shab-e She’r has been bridging the gap between diverse poetry communities, bringing together people from different ethnicities, nationalities, ages, disabilities, religions (or lack thereof), poetic styles, voices and visions. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it. Please spread the word through social media and other means. Let our event become as diverse as we are.

Host of the evening is Bänoo Zan, the featured poets are Jacob McArthur Mooney and Ifrah Hussain and the featured musicians are Daniel Robinson and Yvonne Choi.

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The Story of a Coat

We talked about Baroness Pannonica
driving her Silver Pigeon to the Five Spot
to chauffeur Monk home. I was happy
not to talk football, the inventory of skulls
in a cave in Somalia, the democratic vistas
of the Cedar Tavern, or about Spinoza.
We were saying how the legs go first
& then from the eyes mystery is stolen.
I said how much I miss Bill Matthews,
that sometimes at the Village Vanguard,
Fez, or Small’s, especially when some cat
steals a riff out of Prez’s left back pocket,
I hear his Cincinnati laugh. Then our gaze
snagged on a green dress shifting the light.
If you’d asked me, I couldn’t have said why
I knew jasmine from the silence of Egypt,
or how water lives only to remember fire.
As we walked out of the sanctuary of garlic,
chive, onion, mushroom, & peppery dough,
we agreed Rahsaan could see rhythm
when he blew wounded cries of night hawks
at daybreak. The heat of the pizza parlor
followed us to the corner, & two steps later
I remembered the scent of loneliness
in my coat left draped over the chair.
I had fallen in love with its cut,
how it made me walk straighter.
When I passed the young James Dean
coming out the door with my blue-gray coat
balled up in his arms, I didn’t stop him.
I don’t know why. I just stood there
at the table. But, David, years after
I circled the globe, I’m still ashamed
of memories that make me American
as music made of harmony & malice.

Pivot Readings with Del Bucchia, Gordon and Nolan

Title: Pivot Readings with Del Bucchia, Gordon and Nolan

Date: November 1, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: Pivot presents the writers breathing life into Canadian literary culture. Established and emerging, time-tested and fresh; they’re what’s happening in literature, right now. This evening’s readings at the Tranzac Club’s Tiki Room in Toronto are by Dina Del Bucchia, E Martin Nolan and Spencer Gordon.

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Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize reading with Gjertrud Schnackenberg and Mike White

Title: Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize reading with Gjertrud Schnackenberg and Mike White

Date: November 6, 2017

Location: Washington, DC, US
Description: The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, created in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is awarded annually by The Waywiser Press for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous book of verse. The award includes publication with a $3,000 prize. Prize judge Gjertrud Schnackenberg and prize winner Mike White will read.

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When I Sat Down to Play the Piano: Compositions Inspired by the Poetry of Al Purdy

Title: When I Sat Down to Play the Piano: Compositions Inspired by the Poetry of Al Purdy

Date: November 5, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Gerry Shatford Trio will perform and poet Paul Vermeersch will narrate in an event for which all proceeds will be donated to the Al Purdy A Frame Trust.

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