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SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS HOSTED BY CHIP MARTIN

Poetry Night started 2016 serenely with resolutions and retrospective. Seki from behind the bar recited his work-in-progress 'Detox', conjuring a condition many may have felt need of following holiday excess. Tom on the other hand offered 'Everyone's taking Cocaine', and a little later Eric Clapton - or was it J. J. Cale? - could be heard rumbling in the background about the '70s favourite drug, perhaps in unconscious anticipation of great Bowie's end. Music was on our minds, and favourite Lail kept to her resolution to do only new work by playing her just-composed 'Biographies'. Too many words, she wondered? Harry didn't think so. Back with us all-too-briefly from home in L.A., he sang his own new composition 'Naked', offering clever insight into how an errant dream can destroy a relationship. Barney, who wasn't around last month for the launch of Poetry Nights II, gave a stunning reading of his inclusion, 'Mitteleuropa', while Keleigh tried out 'Tinsel' - her own choice for inclusion in that book, which a pesky editor bumped in favour of another. Youthful Charley rendered Eliot's 'Hippopotamus', and the night ended whimsically in a Mediterranean pipe-dream of Babette's – BLISS it would be to realise, so let that be the theme for this Friday, to be kept to as liberally as you like.

The Society Club has gone members only but if you have been one of our regulars and due to tightened circumstances (being this time of year) and wish to come along do email George@thesocietyclub.com