This week I've been reading Jean Sprackland's 'Tilt' - an amazingly crafted book, tender with the ability to leave you somewhere else, somewhere previously uncharted, in just a few stanzas - and Helen Mort's 'The Shape of Every Box' - which also manages to transport you into another experience, to take you off guard.
Highly recommended, both of them.
I've also been playing a CD of Simon Armitage reading for the Poetry Archive. It strikes me that there's something about Armitage that draws you back, despite any intention you might have to break away, to listen to newer voices. This CD is like that Bowie record you've worn out the grooves of from playing so often. You know you should really be listening to that obscure electronica you downloaded at the weekend but something makes you play Bowie again for the umpteenth time that day. Not sure Armitage and Bowie have been compared before but there is a first for everything!
On 2nd October, East Words takes place at the Museum in Docklands, compered by myself and Richard Tyrone Jones. I'm really excited about the line up (http://east-words.blogspot.com/) and can't wait. Six of London's best poets for free. Gig of the year, I'd say.
It was really good to read at Shuffle at the weekend. The highlight for me: Simon Barraclough and Helen Mort. Simon's poem on Corrie stole the show. It was so hot in the second half in the dingy basement of the Poetry Cafe you could have fried an egg on the microphone!
Christopher Horton lives and works in London. His poems have been published (or are forthcoming) in Iota, Dream Catcher, Other Poetry, Fuselit, The Wolf, Magma, Poetry London, Ambit and Stand as well as other magazines and journals. Further work features in the City Lighthouse Anthology (Tall Lighthouse) and New London Poetry (Penned in the Margins). He has written a number of reviews, including for The London Magazine and Horizon (Salt). He currently co-ordinates literature events for the Museum of London Docklands. He was commended in the National Poetry Competition and was a runner up in the Bridport Prize.