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INCITE@The Phoenix

Monthly LGBT Poetry evening, in an iconic West End venue. Feeling Frisky? Celebrate Spring  at INCITE@The Phoenix.

I host and perform my work at this longstanding LGBT social highlight.  Its held at an exclusive theatrical members club just off Charing Cross Road. It celebrates poetry as diverse as our community is. Its a cultural/social event with a flirty vibe!

Free Club membership for the night. Excellent food and drinks served in the club. Friendly theatrical ambiance.

As well as performing my own poetry, I have two invited guest poets each month.

March Guest Poets:

Annabel Pribelszinki: Comedic verse about a “Modern day Lezza”

Marcus Reeves: Man behind the mask revealed in poetry and music.

Plus our popular open mike section after the interval.

Entry is free, but there is a collection for the artists.

 

IDAHOT

Watch the video of my performance for my triptych with Three Flying Piglets here, and my performance for Behind the Mask here.

 

I’m your brother and sister,

I’m both Mrs and Mister,

I am Gay, Bi and Transsexual,

I am… myself.

 

I’m your father and mother,

Husband, auntie, friend and lover,

I’m different…and the same,

I am your family.

 

I’m black, white, pink… every hue,

Christian, Muslim, Buddhist… Jew,

Skinhead, Goth, Punk, New Romantic,

I am me. I am you.

 

I’m your district nurse, your teacher,

The boy and girl next door,

Someone in the street,

I am your neighbour.

 

I’m no better than you, or no worse,

No richer, poorer, blessed or cursed,

Just part of the same Gravitational Wave,

As you are.

Save The Black Cap

I was asked to write this poem as a protest of the closure of The Black Cap, a very famous Drag Pub, in Camden.  During a period when many Gay Clubs and Venues were being closed down.

Performing this poem at Incite@The Phoenix in Oct 2016

This place is more than just a pub,

It’s our history, our style, our own special club.

A place to chat, to drink, to dance.

Encourage friendship, love and romance.

 

It isn’t fair. It isn’t right,

To banish us into the night.

We need to see a friendly face,

Save The Black Cap. It’s our place.

Here we raised the roof with joy,

As boy became girl and girl became boy.

Drenched the floor with booze and tears

Celebrated who we were, without any fears.

 

It isn’t fair. It isn’t right,

To banish us into the night.

We need to see a friendly face,

Save The Black Cap, it’s our place.

 

So what becomes of this place that we

Imprinted with the map of LGBT?

It would be a great shame indeed,

If it’s snatched away by developers greed.

 

It isn’t fair. It isn’t right,

To banish us into the night.

We need to see a friendly face,

Save The Black Cap, it’s our place.

 

HERO A Living-interactive poem

polari literary salon

Performing at Polari on the South Bank

I’m Batman, I’m Wonder-woman,
I’m a super-hero called GAY.
I’m Trans, Bi, Intersexual
And I’m a Hero every day.

I’m Marie Stopes, I’m Nelson Mandela,
I’m not afraid of a fight.
I’m standing up for equality and justice,
Cos I know what’s wrong & what’s right.

I am labelled with love and loathing,
Sometimes I feel afraid.
Then I take solace from my fabulous friends
On the gender-bender cavalcade.

Zorro, Emily Pankhurst, Mohammed Ali,
There’s a Hero within us all.
We can make a difference every day.
Be proud. Sing out. Walk tall.