The book of Matthew
Music and film by Larry Goves/Text by Matthew Welton
The wind around the orange-tree
brings on the smell
of nutskins mixed with whisky
mixed with lemons or rain…
From The book of Matthew; Matthew Welton, Carcanet, 2003
A piece for instruments and projected text using extracts Matthew Welton’s The book of Matthew; a collection of thirty-nine hauntingly beautiful poem variations arranged according to Roget’s Thesaurus.
Music by Laurie Tompkins/Text by Sam Quill
Tithonus, drunk is a short soap about life on the sauce for four instrumentalists, electronics, and projected drinker.
House of Bedlam:
Kathryn Williams flutes
Harry Fausing-Smith & Carl Raven saxophones
Tom McKinney guitars
Steph Tress cello
Laurie Tompkins projected drinker
Larry Goves director
Free admission, no ticket required
Both parts of Matthew Welton’s reading for us in June.
The poetry of Thomas A. Clark has been consistently attentive to form and to the experience of walking in the landscape, returning again and again to the lonely terrain of the Highlands and Islands.
Thomas A. Clark will read with Matthew Welton at our next event on June 14th at The Castle Hotel, Manchester. More details HERE
Here are two examples of his work:
from coire fhionn lochan
lapping of the little waves
breaking of the little waves
spreading of the little waves
idling of the little waves
Read more HERE
More info on these dates in the next few months but for now put these on the calendar!
14/06/2017: Thomas A. Clark & Matthew Welton at the Castle Hotel, 7pm
19/07/2017: Icelandic night at the Castle Hotel, 7pm
23/08/2017: Robert Sheppard presents EUOIA at the Castle Hotel, 7pm
Matthew Welton will appear on BBC Radio 3s The Verb – Friday 13th September at ten or streaming for a week after that.
James Davies will be teaching an online course for The Poetry School
Experimental Sonnet Writing
Tutor: James Davies
Day / Time: Thursdays, fortnightly, 7pm UK Time
Duration: 5 sessions
First Live Chat: 4 October
Price: £76, £67, £60
Level: open to all
The Sonnet has proved to be the most popular form of poetry over the last 500 years or so. The twentieth and twenty-first century has seen the form reinvented time and time again in staggering ways which suggests there are no end to the possibilities it has to offer. On this course we will explore the form’s malleability and range. By reading a small amount of the key sonnets of modern and contemporary times, whilst considering the sonnet’s heritage, you will write your own 14 liners. Tasks will be based around sonnets written in the last hundred years or so (with a particular focus on the last fifty years).By the end of the course you will be inventing your own methods and processes and adding to this rich tradition. Students should have 5-10 of their own poems ready to work on which they are prepared to treat and manipulate; these need not be sonnets nor in any way complete.
We will be thinking about poets including: e.e. cummings, John Berryman, Man Ray, Matthew Welton, Ted Berrigan, Derek Henderson, Philip Terry, Jen Bervin, Tim Atkins, Tony Lopez, Juliana Spahr, Sarah Riggs
See www.poetryschool.com for more
A recently released pamphlet by Matthew Welton from Egg Box and an early version of part of the poem read at The Other Room in 2010.
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From Matthew Welton’s reading for The Other Room, 7th April 2010.
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Links to April reader Matthew Welton. Next week of course is The Other Room 15:
Read Poppy – LINK
Carcanet page with audio interview and readings – LINK
Review of We Needed Coffee by James Davies – LINK
Review of The Book of Matthew by Charles Bainbridge – LINK
The House of Bedlam featuring Matthew Welton perform at The Whitworth Art Gallery 7pm, Thursday 10th December.
Kraak, a new art space in the northern quarter, does its second night the same night, with another to follow on the 17th December. Doors at 10pm. Perforamnces of sound, poet and art including The Other Room performer Matt Dalby
Link to House of Bedlam
Link to Kraak
One at MMU with Jeremy Over and Richard Price
And one at Bolton Octagon with Paul Griffiths
With Jeremy Over and Richard Price
MMU and Carcanet invite you to the Manchester launch for
‘We needed coffee but…’
by Matthew Welton
Deceiving Wild Creatures
by Jeremy Over
on Thursday 29th October at 6.30pm
in Lecture Theatre 6, Geoffrey Manton building
With Paul Griffiths
Monday 2 November 2009
At The Manchester Literature Festival
No Point Not Being Friends
||Monday 19 October 2009
||7:30 PM (19:30 hrs)
||Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club
We needed coffee but we’d got ourselves convinced that the later we left it the better it would taste, and, as the country grew flatter and the roads became quiet and dusk began to colour the sky, you could guess from the way we returned the radio and unfolded the map or commented on the view that the tang of determination had overtaken our thoughts, and when, fidgety and untalkative but almost home, we drew up outside the all-night restaurant, it felt like we might just stay in the car, listening to the engine and the gentle sound of the wind.
I may at some point review this in more depth but I thought that if I didn’t get this down now it might never happen.
Surely one of the most important poets of his generation being expert craftsman, innovator and wordsmith it was with warm welcome that I picked up Matthew Welton’s second collection with the super long title We needed coffee but we’d got ourselves convinced that the later we left it the better it would taste, and, as the country grew flatter and the roads became quiet and dusk began to colour the sky, you could guess from the way we returned the radio and unfolded the map or commented on the view that the tang of determination had overtaken our thoughts, and when, fidgety and untalkative but almost home, we drew up outside the all-night restaurant, it felt like we might just stay in the car, listening to the engine and the gentle sound of the wind. The collection continues Welton’s pursuit for the ‘correct’ use of the word and its antithesis in finding countless ‘correct’ meanings. More regularly than in his first collection, the rich and poetic The Book of Matthew, he uses systems poetry as method and vehicle to discuss imagery and choice.
We needed coffee opens with the sequence Virtual Airport; a melancholy prose poem in 21 sections that highlights a connection in the emotions of the sterility of the airport experience with the essential, biological lonely truth of never being ‘connected’ in a relationship whether the relationship be bad or not. It’s a beautiful lullaby also; exploring the different lights and colours, both artificial and natural. But the sequence is in essence about various emotional states of numbness people find themselves in without knowing why. This isn’t to say depression. It’s like Satre says in Nausea: ‘Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do. A peculiar moment in the afternoon. Today it is intolerable.’ Part of section 3 reads: ‘The light from the windows is like a kind of weariness’ and it continues ‘the blurry coloured signboards show nothing that makes much sense.’ This movement from simile to metaphor convinces us of the overall description. We can see the same method applied throughout the work of Wallace Stevens. And the similarities don’t stop there. Consider paragraph one in section 11: ‘The chairs are the colour of blue chocolate-papers. The departures boards is unreadable. The ceilings are low’. Metaphor moves into statement.
Performance at The Warehouse at the link below on the BBC until Saturday 18th April. Do it now.