Friday, April 23, 2010

BIRMINGHAM: Myra Connell & Simon Turner launches

Saturday, 24th April, 2010, 3pm-5pm, FREE
The Quaker Hall,
The Priory Rooms,
Bull Street,
B4 6AF
(map here:,-4.064941&sspn=15.089889,46.362305&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Birmingham,+West+Midlands+B4+6AF,+United+Kingdom&z=16)

The Birmingham launch of Myra Connell's From the Boat and Simon Turner's Difficult Second Album. Two brand new collections from Birmingham poets, launched this spring by Nine Arches Press.

With readings by Myra Connell and Simon Turner, with compere Julie Boden.

About the publications:
Simon Turner’s Difficult Second Album not only fulfils all the threats and promises of his debut, You Are Here (Heaventree, 2007), but also rightfully sees him take his place as a true troubadour of the surreal. Featuring his most accomplished work to date, this second collection is not in fact difficult, but rather darkly precise, quick-witted and modestly bold. Turner has an eye for infectious and joyously offbeat lines, rendering both the incongruous and beautiful in his own version and voice.

Myra Connell's poems From the Boat come from a time of waiting, of mourning, and of finding small consolations. They are, many of them, small poems, the opposite of heroic. Bare, spare in mood, and exploring a sense of dislocation and disorientation, they look coldly at what is left when almost everything is pared away. And yet they rejoice in moments of revelation – the golden flash of carp in a pool, a red jacket on a woman in a cafe; and the words, the language, the poems themselves, never feel doubtful or uncertain in their own power.

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