Poetry of Many Worlds – Wed 2nd August 2017

Next Wednesday 2nd August is the next evening of ‘Poetry of Many Worlds’ at Offside Books on Willesden Lane

The theme for the first half of the evening will be:  Poems about or in response to events in the world.
For example, we have all been touched by the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, but maybe there are other more positive events that touch us.
These can be your own poems or poems by ‘established’ poets.

Then the floor will be open for whatever you want to share – your new
discoveries or latest pieces – or just come and listen.

Just to remind you, the evening starts at 7pm, next Wednesday 2nd August at  Offside Books, 92 Willesden Lane, NW6 7TA.

Best regards


Another great night of poetry was enjoyed by a full house – Here’s Brian’s take on it, and what’s coming next time:

Hi Folks,

Well, that was an amazing evening. Thank you to all who read and to those
who listened.

Here are some of the pieces that were read on the theme of personal
responses to world events.
Shelley: The Mask of Anarchy (on the Peterloo Massacre)
Yeats: Easter 1916 (about the Easter Uprising in Ireland)
Elsa Corbluth: Dirge for St Patrick's Night (about a fire in a hostel in
Salusbury Road)
Jennifer Johnson read her piece Disconnection Reconnection on her
experience of the 7/7 bombings in London
Irene Kyffin read her piece Survivors about the Holocaust
Primo Levi: Shema (about Auschwitz)
Ben Okri: Grenfell Tower

But despite the gravity of the subjects it was, for me at least, an
uplifting evening. An important part of the poet's job is to bear witness
to the emotional truth of events and that requires honesty and strength.

Thank you all again. And thanks as ever to Offside Books and to Fatma for
looking after us and making us feel so welcome.

Also to mention the crowdfunding campaign that Fahd and Ibrahim are running
to raise money for their project for young people in Morocco.
Details here:
Do check it out.

And a date for your diary:
The next Poetry of Many Worlds evening will be on
Wednesday 6th September and the theme will be
Poetry for children, about children, nonsense and humorous poetry and silly

Have a good month and see you in September


Event review – Chiaroscuro by chetana. July 2 2017

Chiaroscuro by chetana. Published by Critical Documents. http://plantarchy.us
ISBN 978-0-9791412-3-2

For an author, publishing your first book is like having your first baby. You’ve made it, it’s of you in the most intimate way. It marks a step in your life, so when they ask you, “Are you published?” you can answer, “Yes, I am!”

Che describes the publication of her first book of poems “Chiaroscuro” as a coming-of-age ritual – a phrase that an anthropologist would use to describe how, in a tribe, a young person becomes an adult, able to participate fully in the affairs of the tribe. For an author, it is the same. With your first book, you become an author, an authority. You have entered the magic world of print, you are part of a community of authors across the centuries. And a copy of your book is deposited in the British Library Legal Deposit Office in Wetherby for posterity.

On Sunday 2nd July 2017 we celebrated the launch of che’s book at the Bookshop on Willesden Lane, where she has been a regular contributor to the monthly poetry group: “Poetry of Many Worlds”. Che spoke about her background and how it informs one of the principal themes of her work: the sense of exile. How poetry is part of the process of defining oneself in an alien and not always welcoming land. She references Ursula Le Guin’s novel, “The Dispossessed” as a major influence on her thinking. She read us poems from her collection including “Executive Order 9066” about persons of Japanese ancestry who were interned in the US during World War 2. She read us “Ghosts of Nauru” which gives voice to the refugees on an island waiting to enter the promised land of Australia. She read us other more personal pieces about identity, about home, about friendship, about love.

With this publication, che shows us that she has found her voice as a poet and she uses that to give voice to those who have none. We look forward to hearing and seeing how her writing develops in future projects, and to holding other books of hers in our hands. May her book reach those who have need of the truth of her words.

Brian Lee
July 2017

Poetry of Many Worlds 5 July 2017

Update: Another great night – here’s the feedback from Brian:

Hi Folks,

Thank you for making this evening so amazing!
Here is a list of some of the poems that were read:

Vasko Popa: Give me back my rags
Partaw Naderi: My voice
Sheenagh Pugh: Sometimes
Thomas Hardy: At Castle Boterel
Robert Lowell: Mother Marie Therese
James Windsor: Malcolm and The Angels

also recommended :
Gabriel Garcia Marquez : No one writes to the Colonel
JRR Tolkien ; Rivendell chapter from Lord of the Rings
Ursula K Le Guin: The Dispossessed, The Wizard of Earthsea,

Next month's Poetry of Many Worlds will be on Wednesday August 2nd.

The theme will be
Responses to world events (such as Grenfell Tower...)

See you then.

Best regards



Once again there is another evening of poetry on the first Wednesday of the month – 5th July at 7:00 at Offside Books, 92 Willesden Lane.

As per our esteemed host Brian Lee, the theme will be as follows:

Poems that help you, have helped you get through the dark times -
depression or inner crisis - or have helped you cope with what life has
thrown at you.

We all go there and hopefully we all come back stronger and ready to face
the world.

Looking forward to hearing what you come up with.

Also, if you like you can bring poems on other themes, or you are also
welcom to come and listen.

Booklaunch July 2 2017 CHIAROSCURO

Offside books and ‘Poetry of many worlds’ take great pleasure in inviting you to the launch of CHIAROSCURO – a collection of poems by Chetana.

Chetana lives locally, and has enchanted attendees of our regular poetry meetups with her poems.  She is now launching a collection of her poems on Sunday 2 July at 3pm to 5pm.

Space is limited so RSVP to 020 7624 9340  or info@offsidebooks.com

7 June 2016 Poetry of Many Worlds

Once again there is another evening of poetry next Wednesday 7th June at 7:00 at Offside Books, 92 Willesden Lane.

The theme this time is “Love and Lust”., and as before the night will be overseen by Brian Lee.

Please bring poems to share on this theme,
your own poems on any theme
or just come and listen

As before, the charge for entrance will be £3. Tea/refreshments will be served.

*** UPDATE  ***

Brian’s summary of the night..

Hi Folks,

A big thank you to all who came and shared and listened last night. So many
of the pieces that were read touched me and really moved me.

Here is a list of what I managed to catch of poems that were read:

William Blake - Never seek to tell thy love...
William Shakespeare - Let me not... (Sonnet 116)
Sir Thomas Wyatt - The lover sheweth how he is forsaken of such as he
sometime enjoyed.
Maya Angelou - Come and be my baby
Constantine Cavafy - The Mirror in the Hall
Rumi - The Lovers
Antonio Jacinto - Letter from a contract worker
Rhoda Janzen - Ras el Hanout
Samuel Beckett - Cascando
Pablo Neruda - Lovely one
Pablo Neruda - If you forget me
Derek Walcott - Adam's Song
Andrew Marvell - To his coy mistress
Rumi - The Turn dance in your blood (Inside water, a waterwheel...)
Reiko Iwano - An alien poet's struggle to make a poem in English

*The next evening will be on Wednesday 5th July at 7pm* at Offside Books,
92 Willesden Lane. Kilburn.

Theme to be announced!

*** Also for your diary : *Launch of Che's book 'Chiaroscuro*' ***
*Sunday 2nd July at 3pm* at the bookshop

More details closer to the date.

Have a good month

Poetry of Resistance night Wednesday 3 May 2017

Once again there is another evening of poetry next Wednesday 3rd May at 7:00 at Offside Books, 92 Willesden Lane.

The organiser Brian Lee tells us

The theme for the first part of the evening is Poetry of Resistance. This does not necessarily mean political resistance, it also means the poetry that helps you to stay strong, to connect with your inner strength in order to get through difficult times. So please bring poems on this theme that you would like to share.
Then the rest of the evening will be open for your own poetry  Or just come and listen. We need listeners too!

As before, the charge for entrance will be £3. Tea or coffee will be served.

Feedback from Brian Lee (next poetry night Wednesday 7 June)

Hi Folks,

First of all, my thanks to all of you who came to the Poetry of Many Worlds
group last night and for making the evening so special. Thank you to those
who read and also to those who listened.

As promised, here is a list of some the poems that were read:

Carrion Comfort by Gerard Manley Hopkins
After a War by Chinua Achebe
Ithaca by Constantine Cavafy
from Mental Fight by Ben Okri
the lyrics of Hand in Love by Morrissey
And still I rise by Maya Angelou
A letter to my wife by Nazim Hikmet
Easter 1916 by WB Yeats
from War all the Time by Charles Bukowski
The Basic Con by Lew Welch
Mushrooms by Sylvia Plath
Forced March by Miklos Radnoti
Identity Card by Mahmoud Darwish

The next evening will be at Offside Books on Wednesday June 7th at 7pm.
The theme for the first half of the evening will be Love ... and Lust.

Have a good month and see you then.

Best regards


Monthly Poetry Meetup.

Are you looking for a place to read your own poetry, to share poems that you love, or just to come and listen..?
Offside Books are pleased to host the event “Poetry of many worlds” on the first Wednesday of each month 7pm to 9pm, starting 1 March 2017. Facilitator: Brian Lee.  92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn NW6 7TA

So if you’re in Kilburn, Willesden, Cricklewood, West Hampstead etc., and are into poetry, you know now where to come.

BREAKING:  The next event takes place Wednesday 5th April. The theme for the first half of the evening will be poetry written by women.

UPDATE The event for June takes place Wednesday 7th June at 7pm. The theme will be “Love and Lust”