Thursday, 16 September 2010


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  1. Hi Paul,

    I thought I'd let you know about the next Poetry East event. See below.

    I hope you are well.


    Dear Friends

    I’m delighted to let you know that David Constantine – the poet, translator and novelist – is coming to Poetry East on Saturday October 30th. I’ve been reading his wonderful volume of poetry, Nine Fathom Deep, and have been moved by its mixture of urgency and tenderness. He won the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award for his Selected Poems, and his translation of Hölderlin's Selected Poems won the European Poetry Translation Prize. He was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best single poem in 2004, the year that Bloodaxe published his Collected Poems. He is a Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford.

    Saturday 30th October at 7.30pm, £7 entry

    Here’s one of his poems to whet you appetite!

    Elm Seeds

    That summer when there were still enormous elms

    The seed of them drifted over the asphalt, dots

    Of another life in a wispy carrier

    To a wall or kerb. I saw

    Your bare toes in a pleasant density of seed.

    So strange the casting of seed over the concrete:

    Down it comes twirling

    On to the surface that cannot foster it

    Or parachutes in as delicate as a snowflake

    With no better chance. But of all this bounty

    Of fruitless offering and arrival

    I will always love best the seed of the vanished elms

    Some carried to bed in your sandals and in your hair.

    See what I mean? Hope to see you there! Please forward this email to friends who might be interested.


    PS You can now book your tickets in advance at: