Exuberance is characteristic of Poetry Nights, but it can be a daunting theme. Chris bravely wrote about it on the spot and shared the result; we also had a Dionysian ‘Dancing Song to the Mistral Wind’. Others took an ironic riff on the topic, Letizia with Baudelaire’s ‘A Celle Qui Est Trop Gai’, Oliver with Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130. Veering towards other preoccupations were Paola’s original ‘Fireflies’, Shimet’s ‘The Maestro’, Luke’s reading of Melville and Lana’s from a work-in-progress by multi-talented Barney. Talent was the least of compliments one might pay to newcomer Katy for her singing of ‘River Run’, and exuberance returned with gusto by the end of the evening with Gregory playing ‘Mac the Knife’ morphing back to ‘Mackie Messer’ as well as ‘Great Balls of Fire’. We are now in full swing again for the autumn, and the next theme may distantly be related to that – COOL.
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