There’s wonderful buzz to hosting a launch and particularly when the poetry being read bears witness to our humanity and to the full range of questions that confront us as a result. As the Zoom audience listened to three extraordinary poets, Frank Dullaghan reading from in the coming of winter, Mick Evans reading from light airs and Nigel Hutchinson reading from do not enter alarmed area, the chat box filled — with metaphors and images that were resonating with the listeners, with deep appreciated and with a sense of recognition.
Good poetry is an encounter — with ancestors, with places, with music, image, with a creature or creatures — the poet, a snail, a hare, a shock of violet irisses — and with ourselves. Moreover it invites us to enlarge ourselves — to see a little differently, to ask questions, to make tiny yet seismic shifts.
I’m endlessly fascinated that even on Zoom we can feel this happening. The coming together of engaged readers with listeners who are attentive and open creates a presence that is more than the sum of the medium. It’s a bit of alchemy. It’s how poetry works.
And we’d love to share a bit of it with you. So if you missed the event, you’ll find a recording below and you’re welcome to use the discount code to explore these and other Cinnamon books further with a 20% discount that will run till the end of October.