We've a pretty stunning programme for 2016-2017 -- all events on fourth Tuesdays at CB2 Café -- here are 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 - Helen Ivory, Martin Figura
February - Tuesday 28th - A.K. Blakemore, Ben Rogers
March - Tuesday 28th - Geraldine Clarkson, Paul Stephenson
April - Tuesday 25th - Kirsten Irving, Harry Man
May - Tuesday 23rd - Sarah Howe, Jodie Hollander
June - Tuesday 27th - Ira Lightman, Sophie Seita

27th June 2017 - Ira Lightman and Sophie Seita

Ira Lightman has made public art throughout the North East and also in the West Midlands and the South West. He made a documentary on Ezra Pound for Radio 4 last year, still on iPlayer. He is a regular on Radio 3's The Verb and has been profiled on Channel 4. A mathematician by training, he is very interested in pattern and form, making poetry visually and with pure sound; he believes anyone can make poetry, as long as they stop worrying that it has to be *written*.

'To Lightman, exploration is paramount. And in performing that exploration, he captures the sense of flight inherent to brilliance...'  Emily Wolahan

He is a professional storyteller. He proofreads for academic journals for a living, and has had many residencies in schools. He won the Journal Arts Council Award for "innovative new ways of making art in communities" for his project., The Spennymoor Letters. He has lived in the North East since 2000. His new chapbook is called "Goose". He has been described by George Szirtes as "Harpo Marx meets Rilke".

Sophie Seita works with language on the page, in performance, and in translation. She has presented her work at the Serpentine Gallery, La MaMa Galleria (NYC), Company Gallery (NYC), SoundEye (Cork), Neue Töne Festival (Stuttgart), Goethe-Institut New York, and elsewhere. Her publications include Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers (Gauss PDF, 2017), Meat (Little Red Leaves, 2015), Fantasias in Counting (BlazeVOX, 2014) and 12 Steps (Wide Range, 2012). Other writing and interviews have been featured in or are forthcoming from publications including Best American Experimental Writing (2018), The White Review, Bomb, 3:AM and PEN America.

'Sophie Seita is one of a handful of brilliant ‘new’ poets and performance-enhancers who are changing and will continue to change how we receive and resist the ‘limits’ of poetic form'  John Kinsella

The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships for her creative and critical work, she also received a PEN/Heim Grant (2015) for her translation of Wolf’s Subsisters: Selected Poems (Belladonna, 2017). She is a Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, where she’s currently editing a facsimile reprint of The Blind Man (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017) and finishing her first monograph on avant-garde little magazine communities.


We liked the present
     not as it passed,
     as sudden past.
The pavement
as a dock.
     This ship of rain
     clears the horizon.
Sky's a round clock,
no hands, no bells.
     It’s that clear.
     Are we clear?
Was there anything else?

Ira Lightman



Pony is a universe of captivated life
its being held unmoved in petrified activity steals outside our borders of time

aesthetic littleness is a mantelpiece a stunned materiality 
a private entrancement on a wide meadow with a sustained star

the lower business of the vision of the allegory 
of the stilled vision timed stillness is also social and gigantic

giants are grotesque. as souvenirs they pertain. 
always bashful or timorous Pony is mini in their control of resources and pleasure


Sophie Seita

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...