Poetry Parnassus - Southbank Centre
Poetry Parnassus – The First Buddy Meeting
I am too excited to drink coffee. It will tip me over the edge. I stay away from the chocolate cakes (for the moment) and take my seat to learn from Bea Colley, Simon Armitage, the lovely Poetry Library staff and Casagrande what Poetry Parnassus will consist of and I mainly learn that it really is going to be an incredible happening.
Representatives of the Chilean arts collective Casagrande start to tell us about the history and future of the forthcoming Rain of Poems (Tues 26 June 9pm, Jubilee Gardens, Southbank Centre). It is such an overwhelmingly inspiring project and I feel totally honoured to be a part of the ‘rain’. I wrote the following whilst watching and listening to the presentation – come along on the 26th and write your own poem about what happened to you in the ‘rain’:
Smoke stings eyes
engines fly overhead
I can't hear what's being said
so I make shapes with my mouth
tweet the person next to me
where shall we meet if it goes wrong?
She breathes in her cigarette
‘stand strong’ she says
stays near the flowers
but not on them, someone makes
sure we don't make dents
on beds of mud.
And then as I look up
I see hundreds and thousands
sprinkled like custard desert toppings
stopping for nobody
not slowing down for the flash
of a sunset photographer to catch their flight.
Then light as rain it taps my shoulder, my hands, my feet,
my fingers pick it up to the air again.