Programme Preview

A pretty stunning programme is under development for 2016-2017 -- all events on fourth Tuesdays at CB2 Café -- here are some of the fantastic readers you can expect to hear:

September 2016 - Tuesday 27th - John Clegg, Rebecca Watts
October - Tuesday 25th - Kathryn Simmonds, Rachel Curzon
November - Tuesday 22nd - Malcolm Guite, Penny Boxall
January 2017 - Tuesday 24th
February - Tuesday 28th - A K Blakemore, Ben Rogers
March - Tuesday 28th - Geraldine Clarkson, Paul Stephenson
April - Tuesday 25th
May - Tuesday 23th

25th October 2016 - Kathryn Simmonds and Rachel Curzon

Kathryn Simmonds’ first book of poems, Sunday at the Skin Launderette (Seren 2008), won the Forward Prize for best first collection and was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award.

'Kathryn Simmonds is one of the most original and formally fluent younger poets currently writing.'  Carol Rumens, The Guardian

Her second poetry collection, The Visitations, was published by Seren in 2013 and in that year she became poet-in-residence at The Charles Causley Trust. She has also published a novel and a number of short stories. Kathryn lives in Norwich with her husband and two daughters.

'beautifully made poems invigorated by a special kind of wit'  The Poetry Review

Rachel Curzon was born in Leeds in 1978. She studied English at Oxford, and now works as a teacher in Hampshire. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and was runner-up in the Bridport Prize in the same year.

'Curzon’s surface coolness only serves to highlight and intensify the emotive magma boiling beneath the crust'  Clare Malley

Her poems have appeared in Rialto, Poetry London and Magma. Rachel’s debut pamphlet was published this year by Faber & Faber.

'Curzon’s style is nuanced and subtle...' The poems 'twist out of what you might expect of them, hinting at the levels beneath them'  Kyle Cooper, Cadaverine Magazine


We wash up side by side
to find each other

in the speakable world,
and, lulled into sense,

inhabit our landscape; 
the curve

of that chair draped
with your shirt;

my glass of  water
seeded overnight with air.

After this bed
there’ll be another,

so we’ll roll
and keep rolling

until one of  us
will roll alone and try to roll

the other back — a trick
no one’s yet pulled off — 

and it’ll be
as if I dreamed you, dear,

as if I dreamed this bed,
our touching limbs,

this room, the tree outside alive
with new wet light.

Not now. Not yet.

Kathryn Simmonds

Advice from Marianne Davies in which She Expounds upon the Perils of Mr Franklin’s Glass Armonica

Beware the glass armonica. 
It is a charmed, insinuating thing 
that you might treasure as a novelty. 
Approach it cautiously.

Yes, it is a fragile instrument. 
A clumsy move could smash 
it in an instant – yet its tune will curl 
a pretty scarf about your throat 
and drag you gently from the world.

How will you know it? 
Listen for a sound like the North Star 
or a sound like the pale eyes of wolves. 
It will remind you of the cold that settles 
on a house when all the promises have cracked 
to let a kind of winter in.

And when you are adept 
at spinning music from this toy, 
you will understand 
that there is nothing else but this 
for all the life to come –

French windows leading 
from the morning room. 
Charming hothouse flowers 
and safe encounters 
with acceptable gentlemen.                       

Rachel Curzon

Event Information and Venue

We continue at our new home of CB2 for Autumn 2016-Summer 2017. Events will be on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 8pm. Doors open from 7.30pm; ask for the sign-up sheet to secure one of our strictly-2-minute open mic slots. (N.B. it's first-come-first-served, though slots may well still be available at 8pm). All events are £5 / £4 concessions, payment by cash on entry. The venue is the lovely CB2 Bistro Café on Norfolk Street, which has a great bar/café where you can get all manner of drinks, cakes and savoury delights with a discount on meals for CB1 Poetrygoers. Here is our venue information page. Now, we realise there is a slight possibility of confusion, so to be clear... we are still called CB1 Poetry, but we are at CB2 Café, not at our origin/namesake of CB1 Café on Mill Road. Good to get that off our chest...