Being Beta

Exercises in the higher banter with One of 26. Elsewhere called 'poet of adland'. By a whipple-squeezer. Find out why being beta is the new alpha: betarish at googlemail dot com

Monday, January 19, 2015

Poetry: Coffee-House Poetry

I'm reading at the Troubadour in Earls Court next Monday, 26 January, in the company of some fine poets. Full details below. Come along, you can always catch Corrie on itv Player...


mon 26 jan: salon d’hiver with rishi dastidar, kate ghyll, agnieszka studzinska, soul patel, angela kirby, jacqueline saphra, nick mackinnon & laura scott with henry fajemirokun

Troubadour prelude to spring with a sparkling winter wordfest from:
  • Rishi Dastidar is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen a The Complete Works Fellow was a runner-up in 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition, & featured in 2014’s Ten: The New Wave (Bloodaxe, 2014)
  • Kate Ghyll has worked for Poetry Society of America, published short stories, acted in filmmaker Sophie Fiennes’ Front Row Orchestra & is starting an online cultural magazine The Reconnaissance
  • Agnieszka Studzinska’s debut collection, Snow Calling, was shortlisted for 2010’s London New Poetry Award: her second is What Things Are (Eyewear, 2014)
  • strategy consultant & Capoeira (Brazilian dance/martial-arts) practitioner Soul Patel is a Faber Academy graduate & member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen
  • Angela Kirby’s poems have been read on Radio 4 & BBC TV, & translated into Romanian — her 3rd Shoestring collection is A Scent of Winter (2013)
  • Jacqueline Saphra’s The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye, 2011) was an Aldeburgh First Collection nomination – If I Lay On My Back I Saw Nothing But Naked Women (Emma, 2014) is an illustrated book of prose-poems
  • history teacher Nick MacKinnon lives in Winchester & Cambridge — his recent prizes include 2012 Keats-Shelley, 2012Hippocrates & 2013 Forward Best Single Poem
  • Laura Scott’s magazine publications include Poetry Review & Tate Etc. – her pamphlet What I Saw (Rialto, 2013) won the Michael Marks Award
  • plus singer/songwriter Henry Fajemirokun


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Listorama: Facebook status updates vol 37

BetaRish (is)...

My life is mostly paint and words at the moment

The list is growing

has his nose pressed up against the glass

Oh heck, oh heck, oh heck

Time to get on with it


Light is fantastic

remains confused by people’s willingness to put their heads inside crocodile jaws



is an unreliable temperature gauge

has had his cover blown

is a dragoman

is a real-time deal delivery system

is a slave to tetrameter

is as frail as vaudeville

is entranced

is available to be a brand’s poetry partner

is gathering

leapt tall buildings in a single bound

is in the world

The simple schemes are always the most fiendish

Only the paranoid tweet once

is the universal service obligation

Remember me to the Ways and Means Committee

Remember me to the Undercity

is the definition

is practicing his spontaneity

So ends my first visit to Norwich. Hope to see more of you next time

is your clueless sidekick

grumble grumble, grumble grumble

too much chain, not enough mail

is a mean new rebel

Who is the what is the who?

is 37 signal strong

is a model of make believe

is burbling

Or maybe it’s too much?

is tripping the fuse fantastic

…and breathe…

lacks the power

is lacking power again

A stomach bug is not ideal Christmas preparation

Good things to all men. Except them. They’re rotters

is at work

May your 2015s be wonderful, your tribulations tiny, and your triumphs tremendous

Pinch punch… oh, the first day back in the office isn’t meant to be violent

is a voracious tweeter of bon mots


Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Poetry: One to watch

Me, apparently. I'd recommend keeping an eye on the other five instead.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reup on written things

A review (my first) for This Is Cabaret, of the Christmas show by Meow Meow, on at the Southbank Centre until 29 December.

The next of the blogs about The Rialto / Poetry School editorial development programme; a diary of poetry selection, if you will.

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Glitched Age

A flash of a thought.


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Poetry: Minor showing off

In that I was one of the runners-up in this year's Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Dan O'Brien was the worthy winner, and the other 21 poems are all aces too.

Go read &c.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Poetry: me reading at the Southbank Centre

Well, at the Purcell Room, last month, for the launch of Ten, which makes an excellent Christmas gift, I hear.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Poetry: 'Hannah, Are You Listening?' review

I've written a review of the excellent Happenstance pamphlet by Hamish Whyte, over at Sabotage Reviews.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

32 first drafts of new words

Made up by me, over at Medium.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Poetry: Stanza's Map of Scotland in poems

For most of the last year, the StAnza festival has been attempting to document Scotland through poems – a genius idea, I'm sure you'll agree.

The map is now live, and you can find it here. It's an eye-popping cavalcade of poems about place; just click on one of the pins to be transported to the words.

I've written a wee thing about Lerwick (confession: I've not yet visited – do give me a reason to, someone). And they're still on the hunt for poems for all the places not yet reached, so do suggest one, write one even.