Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.— Adrian Mitchell
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When I am sad and wearyWhen I think all hope has goneWhen I walk along High HolbornI think of you with nothing on
There have always been poets who performed.
Blake sang his Songs of Innocence and Experience to parties of friends.
I want to speak, to sing to total strangers. It's my way of talking to the world.
I don't like writing essays or theory.
I use rock and jazz and blues rhythms because I love that music.
I hope my poetry has a relationship with good-time rock'n roll.
I use the language I use to my friends.
They wouldn't believe me if I used some high-flown literary language. I want them to believe me.
Lovers lie around in itBroken glass is found in itGrassI like that stuff
Written poetry is different. Best thing is to see it in performance first, then read it. Performance is more provocative.
You put your bombers in, you put your conscience out,You take the human being and you twist it all aboutSo scrub my skin with womenChain my tongue with whiskyStuff my nose with garlicCoat my eyes with butterFill my ears with silverStick my legs in plasterTell me lies about Vietnam.
Poetry is an extra hand. It can caress or tickle. It can clench and fight.
I was run over by the truth one day.Ever since the accident I've walked this way
The man who believes in giraffes would swallow anything.
I would have walked on the waterBut I wasn't fully insured.
And the BMA sent a writ my wayWith the very first leper I cured.
Stadium rock and commercial rock are the opposite of what poetry needs.
An audience of around 200 is ideal for poetry.