With so many poetry readings in venues large and small throughout London it would be easy to be out every night. There were two at the beginning of this month that were well worth going to. First ’The Best Of Poetry London’ held on the evening of Dec. 1st. in the modern King’s Place in York Way (not far from King’s Cross Station.)
It was an anthology launch and fundraising event to celebrate 25 years’ publication of the magazine whose beginnings in 1988 were modest as it was primarily a stapled listings newsletter. Since then, under a succession of editorial teams it has grown to become a national and international poetry magazine distinguished by its eclectic tastes and the excellence of its content, publishing both established and emerging writers.
Seven poets gave short readings from their work including poems that had been published in Poetry London. It was sheer pleasure to experience such different voices, Kathryn Maris with her highly listenable dry, funny poems, Liz Berry’s amazing stage presence, Maurice Riordan ’s welcome re-reading of the title poem of his first collection, ‘A Word From The Loki’ and poetry from the rising star Jack Underwood.
But to maintain its excellence ‘Poetry London’ needs funds from subscriptions. It is harder these days to have poetry magazines stocked by bookshops so individual subscribers play an ever more important role in the continuance of the magazine.