April brought The Damned a shower, – no a deluge, of dynamic features and open stagers. Hosting gave me the opportunity to read some of Thom Gunn’s emotionally rich poetry and spread the word about this under-appreciated gay poet.
Open stagers Marcia Rogers, then Philip Cairns kicked the show off with superb similar & diametrically opposed pieces: Marcia’s about female-to-male person who is proud to be them self, as opposed to being proud about being a trans or any other label. Philip’s homage to Annette Funicello was funny and emotional.
First feature SK Dyment read from Steel Animals – a rollicking, twisty plotted, funny & frequently poetic novel. An ‘On The Road’ meets ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ the plot defies summary with ATM hoisting masterminds, motorcycle maniacs & vivid lesbian, gay, straight & in between characters. Even suffering a bad cold SK cuts a dapper figure.
The second was opened by DM Moore who read some pieces- sort of in memory of the recently deceased Iron Lady – written while she was living in London under Thatcher’s rule. Second feature Clara Blackwood brought a well focused and confident set of pieces from her upcoming book Forecasts – the first piece was about unpredictable weather – which suited the day. Her travel pieces were evocative of Scotland and Ireland. Waiting at graveyard that was ‘thinner at three a.m.’ – or ‘traffic slows like a merry-go-round.’ Her direct, tender work made us reluctant to ‘wake up on the other side of desire.’
Final feature Natasha Jolly – aka Supertash, performed a set of relatable songs. She has a warm full voice, reminding me of a Deborah Harry. Her music is radio & TV theme ready. She was ‘not just for our relief’ but her engaging audience interaction was sweet relief from the cold outside. Her sense of humour kept her songs tender without being maudlin.
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