@ The Albion Beatnik

Last Wednesday I had the good fortune to be the rump (no really it’s true) of a party heading from Milton Keynes to The Albion (via supper with Oxford-centred writing chums) for a poetry reading by Wendy Klein and Dorothy Yamamoto. And I’ve been meaning to jot down some thoughts about it for nearly a week. Where does the time go? Oh, yes … marking. Again.

First off I must mention the kindness of Dennis Harrison who very kindly turned his ‘closed’ sign to ‘open’ for an early bird and made me welcome with jazz and Bach on the piano, which seems to treble as sales point and bar.

Next I will mention how very good the reading was. Both poets revel in a mixed heritage which gives each an interesting perspective on the way their respective worlds work. They read separately and they read together. They like to read together and do it as often as plausible. They like to vary their double act as much as they can. One or two poems not yet collected were shared with us.

Dorothy Yamamoto is published by Blinking Eye and her collection is called ‘Landscape with a Hundred Bridges’. She has a very spare, direct Japanese soul cut with plenty of western wit. The combination is unusual. Her poems often start out in a direction you think you recognise and understand and then veer off and end up somewhere different – often with a chuckle attached.

Wendy Klein is published by Cinnamon Press and her latest collection is called ‘Anything in Turquoise’. Her background is American Jewish on one side. And her style derives from that side of her ancestry. There are many words. Even when the poem is actually shorter than one of Dorothy’s, one still feels there are more words in it. She tells stories, she can’t help it – everything is a story. And as poetry is, in a way, ‘long story short’ (as the saying is), she’s found the ideal medium.

So when they read together you’d wonder where the commonality could possibly be – and yet each poem dovetailed into the other marvellously.

An evening greater than the sum of its two parts. And there was wine. And music (the piano needs tuning, Dennis …)

And I’m enjoying both collections all the more for having heard extracts first read at the glorious Albion.

Published by Judi Moore

Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed.

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