Tonight I opened with a ten minute set for Rockus’s spoken word event Poetry n Power Chords. Aside from the obvious buzz that comes with performing, getting the opportunity to see the other poets read their new work is often the greatest pleasure.
Every spoken word night I attend introduces me to some ones to watch- either emerging poets or people I just haven’t come across before, and tonight was no exception. The fellow female performers (such as Polly Burn, Charlotte Le Good and Hussie Rodriguez) gave witty and striking performances, mostly focusing on the struggles of modern women and challenging patriarchal expectations of sex and relationships. Having noticed a gender imbalance in like, everything (!), it was great to see young women holding their own and delivering punchy, strong poetry.
A good bunch of Glasgow’s well established poets, such as the ever energetic Sam Small, and the force to be reckoned with that is Loki were of course awesome. And the night was peppered with the unique MC Adam V Cheshire’s delightfully shouty and pointed scribblings.
I am told that the next poetry night at Rockus will be an all female line up so that is definitely one to look out for. Chalice over phallus any day 😉