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You have written a lyric you want to try out. You need to send a verbal message to a friend. You have to excoriate those who have traduced you. You long to share the beauty of a language few have heard. Maybe you just want to celebrate a favourite, or read from a first edition found on a shelf. 

Last week began with a Burns tribute, Oliver reading ‘The Rigs of Barley’ and newcomer Cody ‘A Red Red Rose’. Continuing with a Scottish connection, Barney offered his original ‘Highland Hurt’. On the related theme of ‘Nation’, Stav read a snippet of Brecht and, after John of Gaunt’s speech from Richard II, Angus gave us an original epic on the wars of tech ‘nations’ while Jude shared D. H. Lawrence’s mixed vision of the United States. Ekin’s sense of dislocation settled in ‘Home’; Letizia evoked a Baudelairean ideal in ‘La Vie Anterieure’. From French to Russian, Bernd recited Pushkin; then his friend Toby shared a contemporary ‘Jack and Jill’. Seki read a poem about buying flowers for a lover but giving them to a street person instead, and Joel played us out on guitar after excoriating his ‘Last Girlfriend’. Such a wealth of riches makes one think of RICHES as a theme. Be as ironical or dissident as you please.

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