Date(s) - 21/01/2018
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Octavo's Book Cafe and Wine Bar
An alternative launch of Robert Walton’s Sax Burglar Blues, his first collection in 38 years, alongside Philip Gross’s A Bright Acoustic, his twenty first …
linked by their shared love of different musics and the music in poetry.
Come and hear them reading and in conversation with each other and the audience, and maybe some unexpected music too.
Sax Burglar Blues by Robert Walton
Not so much a discovery as a re-discovery, Robert Walton’s new book of poems, Sax Burglar Blues, is his first full collection since winning a Welsh Arts Council Prize in the ’70s. After a working life as a teacher, Walton has resurrected his artistic gifts, and years of experience give his work both a spiky mien and an artful complexity.
Packed with memory, incident, observation, opinion, humour, outrage and elegy, this collection benefits hugely from the author s years of experience. Subjects include: woodlice, jazz, teachers, grandparents, a canary who runs for President, Sisley’s lovely painting of the Gower, the iconoclastic poet John Tripp, a night bus named after Dusty Springfield, the beauty of an Ash tree in spring, a Dad who loves Cardiff City, the austere beauty of a Bristol church, the annoying closure of bookshops and much more!
A Bright Acoustic by Philip Gross
In these restlessly exploratory poems and sequences, the space between things is never empty, but alive with messages. Utterly physical even when it is at its most enquiring, Philip Gross’s latest collection contemplates space and sound. Even silence reveals itself as multiple and individual. With each book in his ambitious series since The Water Table, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, Gross has taken a new step in mapping where we live, in between language and the world. A Bright Acoustic looks at and way beyond the human, to a generously environmental view of the self in its relationships, at the same time playful and profound.
Space is limited so please come early!
Poets – if you are interested in reading please contact Steve Garrett on 07814 770450 or email [email protected]