For April we're excited to present a Special Event -- the first date of the Worldmakers Tour. In 2018 the award winning Pavilion Poetry series from Liverpool University Press publishes three new poetry collections, approaching the making and unmaking of the world through architecture, landscapes, and alternative futures.

Tue 24th April - Emily Hasler, Sarah Corbett, Alice Miller

The poems in Emily Hasler’s debut collection, The Built Environment, probe at the ways we understand and reconstruct our environment, asking how our world is made, and how it makes us, by examining places, objects, buildings, landscapes, rivers and bridges.

Emily was born in Suffolk. She has lived in the Lake District, rural Kent and London, ending up on the Essex-side of the river Stour. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2014. Her pamphlet, Natural Histories, was published by Salt in 2011.

'The character of The Built Environment is perhaps best expressed in its own words: "There, / it starts to feel – in its united heart – / that it is strong, light, supple, hard." Emily Hasler has nerve.''  Karen Solie

Sarah Corbett’s fifth collection, A Perfect Mirror, asks us to examine our actions in an unsettling world, drawing on contemporary events, the landscape of West Yorkshire and the journals of Dorothy Wordsworth.

Born in 1970, Sarah grew up in North Wales and gained a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from Manchester University in 2013. Her first collection of poetry 'The Red Wardrobe' (Seren, 1998) won the Eric Gregory Award and was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Best First Collection Prize. She followed with 'The Witch Bag' (Seren, 2002), 'Other Beasts' (Seren, 2008) as well as 'And She Was' (Pavilion Poetry, 2015). She currently lives in the Calder Valley and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing for Lancaster University.

'Corbett never fails to move and excite, prompting me to return again and again to wonder, with not a little envy: how does she do it? Here is a talent who illumines darkness with a fierce emotional and intellectual rigour.'  Kathryn Gray

New Zealand poet Alice Miller’s second collection Nowhere Nearer looks at how we forge our worlds from the stories of the dead, the illusion of progress, and “the futures we never let happen.”

She is a New Zealand writer living in Berlin. She is the author of 'The Limits' (Shearsman & Auckland University Press). Alice is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the International Institute of Modern Letters. Her work has appeared in 'Boston Review', 'Oxford Poetry', 'Poetry London', 'The Rialto', and 'The American Scholar'. She has received the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award, the Royal Society of NZ Manhire Prize, a Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship, and has travelled to Antarctica courtesy of Antarctica NZ. She has also been a resident at the Michael King Centre, Massey University, the Grimshaw Sargeson Centre, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude. 'Blaue Stunde', an edition of her poems with a German translation, was published by Edition Solitude in 2016.

''Here is a poet who wants to “speak in our/plainest tongues” but who also aims “to sing my way out.” Alice Miller looks hard at history’s terrifying straight lines, yet time and again turns to the obsessive, sometimes redemptive circlings of art.'  Bill Manhire


after Alfred Wallis

In the seaside of a white room with good, large windows
we talked about that light,
and all the angles we like and dislike.

We were a pretty crude picture of happiness —
as simple as a shell, as a harbour
with houses in green and pink,

with a whole economy based on fish.
Green and pink and silver fish. Heaps of them.
I have a whole fleet of thoughts about this but

Look at the houses! Look at the ship!
not at all the right way up...
And we are not so near the sea

though the light makes us think otherwise.
There’s nothing between here and the Urals,
nothing but the large, flat sea — oh and heaps of fish of course.

‘Cambridge Primitive’ by Emily Hasler, taken from The Built Environment, published by Liverpool University Press, 2018. Published with permission from the Publisher.


after Stanley Spencer

Woman, what are you doing
with your mattress, that hauled
weight you’re putting your back into,
and you, with the cushion

extending the pattern of your self?
Consider the black angle
of the punt the two men are discussing,
faces to the interior, how it cuts

across the step, which is a line
drawing the eye downriver.
Each figure is at work, even the watcher
on the bridge willing them to come,

come home, and the child, half lost
in foliage. Even the sky
would speak, troubled by tree-tops
and blown cloud. Three bound swans –

two waiting, one aloft
across the gap from boat to quay –
what are these – Angels? Bodies of light
held at the still centre.

‘Swan Upping’ by Sarah Corbett, taken from A Perfect Mirror, published by Liverpool University Press, 2018. Published with permission from the Publisher.


Because I have never quite caught the moment when you stand and breathe on top of a
mountain in a country where you were born, and

because I have never been trapped in an underground cavern with a single candle and no
water, and

because a man I was once in love with just sent me a photograph from Colorado of a
famous man’s baby booties and his gold death mask,

and because he was so gentle I had to push him away,

and because because means by cause of, and causes multiply as a matter of course, and because
our arguments come to us like breath,

I am trying to keep the seconds still, in this bed overlooking a window blasted white by mist

while I look on the dark web for a definition of the seconds after a wisdomflash, where

you re-see each tip of tree, each gasping leaf, each scrape of thin snow, when

your naked, foolish self can’t be argued with, and

your death mask is, for that second, wiped clean.

‘Born Breathing’ by Alice Miller, taken from Nowhere Nearer, published by Liverpool University Press, 2018. Published with permission from the Publisher.

Event Information and Venue

We continue at our new home of CB2 for Autumn 2017-Summer 2018. 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 and not at our origin/namesake of CB1 Café, formerly of Mill Road. Good to get that off our chest...