6th Mar 2015



Poetika is a spoken word and acoustic music Open Mic event held every third Wednesday of the month in Salisbury. We welcome anyone and everyone to read or perform poetry, comedy, music, song and stories, and enjoy those of others – no need to book a slot, just turn up and have fun. We meet in the Shoemakers Hall – upstairs in the Pheasant Inn, Salt Lane, Salisbury. Directions

Would you like to see some of your work on the Poetika web site?
Contributors at Poetika are invited to apply for a page where they can upload some of their work. There is also an opportunity to include an introduction which may contain links to other sites or blogs you have. Please contact John at john@cometothinkof.it  if you are interested, and see the work of some members who have already done this in the right hand column under ‘Poetika Contributors’


14th Jun 2018


Poetika Echo 55: The Movie, 16th May  2018

(Picture: Nanfu Wang, the award winning director of Hooligan Sparrow)
(See also up and coming events at the foot of this page)
Brought to you by Alison Craig – a little later than usual – a poetic thing…

Ria did a brilliant job as our new host. And she opened proceedings with a poignant poem about ‘the lifeless welcome ‘At Granny’s’.

Susie’s first contribution was ‘Tag – you’re it – it’s what you get for being Royal’!
Her further musings on the sovereign classes: Cinderella just one more notch on the princely sceptre …. Those gels knew how to get a man … be the prize. Susie pointed us to Ginger Rogers’ film ‘Shall we dance’. And Pooches Parade in Spain. Because dogs are always ‘happiness on legs’. Through Susie we discover Passeo Perros.com, a website matching adoring dog owners with adoring dog walkers (Buenos Aires!)

Then Vic’s turn: Carry on up the Khyber:  Sending fathers brothers sons – one night stand before going out to Afghanistan …

Anna said:  an empty heart is a terrible thing
The heart is the soul’s compass
How can it guide with nothing to give
For to be human is to feel.
The witch’s promise: puts him in an ivory tower;
I watch your heart start to sour.
I’ll set you free when you come back to me.

Mike Eisenstein’s October:
Persistence of vision – film is just still images one after another;
With clever cutting you can make things whole;
Shiny leather belts persuade us a dictator can make a nation.
‘A ghost’ – just light and shade, whisped with emotion.
Things, people, change with time … and doubt.
David Lean – Zhivago’s weeping face, watching the slaughter. Silent full-screen faces say it all.

Cat:  needed time for little-little changes!  Put on the kettle – she’s travelled the universe and had fun. Get out the tea cups. If you’ll have me darling, I’m coming home today.

John: Charlie, deceased, 22. You know a man like this. Violence does not make a man.

Lips: She danced a little because she’d been kissed goodbye, but she dragged her heels ecause it always felt like the last time.

Anna:  signs of spring – every squirrel goes nuts … while the morning paints your body while you sleep.

Helen and Tom (brother and sister):
Congrieve: we must learn the hateful art – how to forget.
Oh sinners, let’s go down, let’s go down, down to the river and pray.

Paul produced his anti-war apocalypic horizon.


Anna paid tribute to a marvellous teacher who helped her overcome severe dyslexia.
Conquering fear (about a scary back-to-work meeting): Fear … never believe it when it says you lack.

Tom and Helen played a song by the Wailing Jennies: “Heaven When We’re Home”

Don’t know what time it is, I’ve been up for way too long
and I’m too tired to sleep
I call my mother on the phone, she wasn’t home,
and now I’m wondering the street
I’ve been a fool, I’ve been cruel to myself
I’ve been hanging onto nothing
when nothing could be worse than hanging on
And something tells me there must be
something better than all this

I’ve fallen many times in love and every time
it’s been with the wrong man
Still I’m out there living one day at a time
and doing the best I can
Cuz we’ve all made mistakes
that seem to lead us astray
But every time they helped to get us where we are today
And that’s a good a place as any
and it’s probably where we’re best off anyway

It’s a long and rugged road
and we don’t now where it’s headed
But we know it’s going to get us where we’re going
And when we find what we’re looking for
we’ll drop these bags and search no more
‘Cuz it’s going to feel like heaven when we’re home
It’s going to feel like heaven when we’re home

There’s no such thing as perfect,
and if there is we’ll fnd it when we’re good and dead
Trust me I’ve been looking
bu tonight I think I’ll go and take a bath instead
And then maybe I’ll walk a while
and feel the earth beneath me
They say if you stop looking
it doesn’t matter if you find it
And whose to say that even if I did
it’s what I’m really looking for

It’s a long and rugged road
and we don’t now where it’s headed
But we know it’s going to get us where we’re going
And when we find what we’re looking for
we’ll drop these bags and search no more
‘Cuz it’s going to feel like heaven when we’re home
It’s going to feel like heaven when we’re home

Ria again: there’s nothing quite like the smell of rain.

Vic: thought experiment in the mind (just a shame it’s incomplete … now think it!)

Much of the second half was devoted to a selection of poetry films produced by our members (and a past member), and played on the large screen TV in the room:

  • John: Just thought I’d write and tell you how I feel
  • Nicky (Michelle Harris): … I’m not here … exhumed myself, excreted you.
  • And by the way, your dinner’s in Sainsbury’s.
  • Cat: You’ve got to love a country that has a day just for pancakes. … Hers have: moon craters just right for holding hot butter.
  • Burnley Beast by John – A screeching lament for a country’s decline.
  • Nicky (as Michelle Harris) with Eljai Morais – The Fascist Poem – I am the better poem. There are no other poems.
  • Louis McNeice – film by John – Instead of weir of tigerish waters, There is no road that is right entirely.
  • George Morehead – Ghosts are here … sad day.  There’s no such thing as a hungry ghost.  I didn’t make more effort and went my own way.
  •  John’s next film: There’s nothing wrong with the world when you move …

Alison Craig

The films shown can all be watched again on the Poetika website at http://www.poetika.org.uk/poetry-films/. We will be having another Poetry Film night in a few months – plenty of time to get your own creations made. There is no set format, your poem could be read over a slide show of images, or you could take existing home videos or videos from YouTube etc as a background – or film your own video on your phone. John Bruce is the resident audio visual expert who has equipment and time to help – get in touch for advice – john@poetry-in-motion.co.uk.

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday 14th June – Free Amnesty Film “Hooligan Sparrow”, 7.30 at the Arts Centre (as a prompt for the following week’s Poetika?)
  • Wed 20th June Poetika Amnesty special – 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights
  • Sunday 24th June, Arundells, Cathedral Close, Salisbury, spoken word afternoon, Suzie the special guest. plus poetry and music.

See you next week!