SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS HOSTED BY CHIP MARTIN theme SILENCE

Our first night of the new year on Friday the 13th had as a theme 'Luck' in various permutations. We began with Baudelaire's 'Le Guignon' read elegantly by new member Lisa. Other new arrivals added appealing riffs, Emir's original verse about life as a Londoner, Kieran's heartfelt songs, one a cappella, another with guitar. Oliver also sang a cappella, an amusing ballad about a luckless Irishman begging for sick leave; meanwhile, Joel accompanied himself on guitar while singing a lyric he had only five minutes to compose. Newcomer Buchi read Felix Dennis' 'Who Was the Better Man', with its arresting rhyme of 'reefer' and 'Ibiza'. Angus and Joel again were sharply on message with original work re the vagaries of Luck. Having started in this sweet and not too raucous mood, it might seem appropriate to take as our next theme what is bred out of SILENCE.

You have written a lyric you want to try out. Maybe you just want to celebrate a favourite, or read from a first edition found on a shelf. You can recite a soliloquy, or share a poetic passage in prose. Only one rule: don’t go on for more than five minutes.

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