Thursday, July 14, 2011

Clydebuilt in The Herald

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Last year Jim Carruth arranged for all the Mirrorball  'Clydebuilt' mentees to get  free passes to the Glasgow Jazz Festival with the aim of producing a collection of jazz-poems.  

After going to lots of gigs and most of us being converted to  jazz fans of one shape or another in the process, the book duly appeared and was launched at a very entertaining (and short, as my father pointed out approvingly) event at the City Halls where all the poets read.  (It must be said that the book was brought into existence largely by sheer force-of-will on the part of Jim in the face of all sorts of funding cutbacks).

Anyway, apparently one of my poems from the anthology is The Herald's "Poem of the Day", which has cheered me up greatly in the face of a looming dental checkup.  It's based on a performance by the excellent Arun Ghosh Sextet, who can be seen here (albeit slightly depleted in numbers):

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