Please join us for a performance by the author of Bethany W Pope’s critically acclaimed Crown of Thorns, a book David Morley described as being ‘conceived as a total poem. The intricate patterning of the sequences releases a vortex of sonnets, which are by turns visceral, creaturely, fluid, heart-wrung, wild, true and ruthless. Taken together they create a complex, patterned magic – a swarm of language and sound gathered in with immense skill by Bethany Pope. This is a book of intense and impressive movement and momentum.’
Helen Ivory called it, ‘urgent, fearless autobiography; poems wrought from deep tissue bruises that inhabit the body.’
And George Szirtes said, ‘Crown of Thorns is an extraordinary, almost gothic autobiography in the form of linked, unrhymed, acrostic sonnets, the acrostics forming both core narrative and commentary. The devil is in the detail of the writing, which is clear, narrative, and flowing in a muscular way that owes at least part of its muscularity to the necessary compressions of the sonnet form. Here life emerges as myth, a little like Lowell’s Life Studies but with a very different, much less privileged, terrifying, highly coloured life, twining and intertwining out of dark into flashes of brilliant light.
There will also be an hour of open-mic following the reading, spaces are limited so come early to get on the list.
Cost: £5 (£4 Students)
Poetry Café (The Poetry Place)
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9
When: Thursday, December 19th 3-5.30pm
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