Poetry and performance are natural partners. Some of the best poetry are lines, snippets or passages that can be quoted and have a nut of wisdom or a witty observation. Other poems you appreciate more for seeing them on the page, words forming shapes, white space allowing room to breathe, room to think.
The Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival included several poetry sessions which Lucette has written about with the real appreciation of a true fan. I caught up with her briefly yesterday for a chat about the poetry and performance events she has attended and the enjoyment that the performance aspects of the festival have given to audiences.
It’s about nine minutes. Have a listen and then tell us – do you prefer poetry for the eyes of the ear?
We also caught up with two budding poets – Gail and Steph who went to the session chaired by Bill Manhire: hear their thoughts: