For part 1 of this summary of the Magma 53 launch at the Troubadour Cafe on 4th June, see this link. There was an interval before the second half of the proceedings during which the doors were opened to let heat out and air in. I considered going to the bar, seeing as my MC work was done, but by the time I’d talked to several readers and audience members, it was time to get going again. Kona did the introductions and didn’t do as I had done i.e. lose the piece of paper on which I’d written information on each reader. Mark Granier had journeyed from Ireland. Rob Ewing had come from Scotland. Amali Rodrigo trumped everyone by flying in from Mumbai, India. As before, all photos are © Mark Husmann, 2012 (click on images to make them bigger). All quotes are from poems in Magma 53.
Peter Daniels - "What he wants is missing/ like a vitamin, or cigarettes."
Katherine Stansfield - "take the measure of after-margherita me/ bare-legged, still drunk in the gazebo."
Nichola Deane - "I play to play time out of itself as rain is played from cloud"
Mark Granier - "he fell in with Wimbledon's sharp little grunts and thwacks"
Amali Rodrigo - "The Okapi/ disappears the way wind moves/ leaving no vacancy"
Rob Ewing - "I swung my pick/ and the earth kicked back"
Victor Tapner - "the acoustics of an execution/ chamber are as good/ as a studio"
Joan Hewitt - "a mere/ eight lines, a cage for thought and mood."
Ian McEwen - "a thing we heard/ beneath the language"
Susannah Gill - "the nothing after is not the same/ as the nothing before"
Maura Dooley - "...blankness which might be/ where he is now"