SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER
THE SQUARE TOWER
7.30 – 10pm
Bournemouth’s premiere spoken word game POETRY ON THE SPOT comes to Portsmouth with Bob Hill and Paul Canon Harris sharing their words and setting each other spoken word improv challenges with silly prompts revealed onstage. Expect untranslatable words, bus driving monkeys, boyfriends who look like Hitler and well crafted poems written ‘on the spot’.
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Thank you for having us as your guests tonight, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we look forward to a T&G road trip to Bournemouth and welcoming you to Poetry on the Spot in its home venue. 🙂
Pilliwinks: A torture involving the systematic crushing of fingers
(Written for Poetry On The Spot show at Tongues and Grooves 16/10/16)
It’s a little known fact
that the opening act
of Tchaikovsky’s first ballet
was to be the Pilliwink overture.
Now I’m sure you’ll agree,
That as horrible as it is
To contemplate the
Systematic crushing of a finger
It is positively benign
when compared to a Nutcracker.
But in a moment of whimsy, I digress,
I confess that that which
makes me cringe in horror
leads me to throw up
a defence mechanism
of sometimes puerile humour.
Pilliwinks: the systematic crushing of fingers.
Used by Pinochet’s Chilean Government
to silence singers, poets, songwriters,
to silence potential Nobel Prize winners.
To silence those who used their hands
To play the instruments and hold
the mighty pens of dissent they use
to notarise and codify the songs and the poems
of the heaven sent right to fight the power.
Even if all we use our fingers for
Is to face those who occupy a power base
And stick two up whilst saying the words
It was a pleasure!