Drugs and Rock and Roll
Neon Highway Poetry Evening
Liverpool Central Library, 13th July 2004
In the unlikely location of Central Library's
genteel Hornby Room, a large group of poets gathered to read about sex,
drugs and rock and roll. Well a few of them did anyway, the proposed subject-matter
being completely ignored by most of the writers. But though the evening
was perhaps not as interesting as its title suggested, the poetry was
of a reasonably high standard.
Nafe Jones and Cath Nichols stuck closely to the script, and both delivered
seedy depictions of the urban underbelly. Jones impressed with his rap
style recollections of mad nights out, whilst Nichols delivered impassioned
and angry broadsides against all sides of the prostitution industry.
Amongst many well-known local poets, there were a couple of promising
newcomers. Though he shunned the promised topics, Desmond Swords' musings
on New Labour, the deaths of the Morecambe Bay cocklers and his Irish
ancestry more than made up for it. Swords shuffled rhythmically to and
fro, delivering his long, lyrical compositions with an impressive if self-conscious
Finally, featured poet Matt Falaize delighted the crowd with his unashamed
celebrations of weirdness. Whilst he too totally ignored the chosen themes
of the evening, his mile-a-minute articulation of insane tongue twisters
about life in Ormskirk and Cornwall were nothing short of sensational,
complete with frantic wordplay and imaginary gangster funerals.
Poetry magazine Neon Highway organises frequent readings at
Central Library. For more information contact editor Alice Lenkiewicz
at email@example.com or visit http://neonhighway.co.uk
The next Neon Highway evening – 'Postmodernism and Urban Life'
is on Thursday August 19th, from 19.00.