Pinsky, Poetry & Questions of Division

In my recent trawling of the interwebs, I came across this post, which (initially) explores the question of whether poetry divides people. When faced with this question, I couldn’t help casting my mind back to last night at Confit Bistro and answering with an emphatic ‘no’, as the crowd that gathered was buzzing… brought together by the art of poetry. It was a night where the crowd felt united by the force of the words (and riffs) that resonated throughout the room. In no way, was poetry dividing this room.

And after reading the post in its entirety, I also felt that Pinsky had united the authors thoughts (and the 300 strong crowd of students) about the unique power of poetry. I agree wholeheartedly with Pinsky’s view that poetry ‘operates on the human scale’ and is ultimately ‘a physical thing – the human body the instrument which plays the notes provided.’

And last night, the instruments were playing some fine notes… it was a pleasure to share the stage with Trudie Murrell, Rob Morris and Sheish Money. One of my personal highlights was getting to drum with Rob & Sheish as they belted out a version of the Tom Waits classic, Come On Up To The House.

While I wish I could share with you footage of last night, Tom’s original is a mighty fine way to setlle into the this warm Friday night…



Filed under discussions, poetry & publishing, who listens to the radio?

8 responses to “Pinsky, Poetry & Questions of Division

  1. One could argue that the people at your event were of the truffle hunting variety or of that inclination, before they entered the room. ps. I love that Tom Wait’s song!

    • gnunn

      ‘Tis true, many were of the truffle hunting variety, but there were many who had just wandered in to graze (on the menu, that is) and who stayed to feed from the field of words on offer.

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  4. Katie Cook

    Poetry unites people who are otherwise divided in life by differences, I speak for myself at least.

  5. Hi Graham. Thank you for allowing the pingbacks. Two alternate approaches. Not advocating one or the other. Maybe I can find the people in the middle. The search continues.


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