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’


11th Apr 2018


POETIKA 54 with Michelle Harris – Injustice!

Wednesday 18th April, 7.30 for 7.45, The Pheasant,
Salt Lane, Salisbury

Hello everyone,

Here we are again, time to look forward to the next Poetika evening, a riot of songs and music hopefully, very likely given that the Guest Poet is Nicky Harris. If you’ve not seen Nicky perform before, you’re in for a treat. With her distinctive take on life, Nicky’s work is from the heart, honest, very direct and energetic. She’s performed at the Edinburgh Festival and has been the support act for John Cooper Clark. So please do come along on:

Wednesday 18th April, 7.30 for 7.45, upstairs at The Pheasant, Salt lane, Salisbury.
We ask a contribution of £2-3pp please towards expenses.

We welcome everyone who wants to read or sing their own work or that of others as well as those people who prefer only to listen. Meanwhile, just to give a flavour of the wonderful Nicky’s work, here’s a free sample:

Some people call it cleaning out their Closet…
Americanisms don’t happen in this house
Closest we get to that closet is a packet of Oreo’s when they’re on sale for 50p in Sainsbury… it’s wardrobe anyway – I digress.

It’s not plastering over the cracks either
I’ve just discovered in my shed: 3 tubs of filler
…now there’s an irony of 14 years I never knew was literally at my fingertips & purchased by my subconscious…there are no cracks in my house: including my own, which is a peach by the way.

I’ve got 4 litres of emulsion which where untouched by marital hands
& have sat doing shit all for years. So has the paint.
This Libertine colour palette is NOW mine to smear over My walls
Flick over My skirting boards
& brush new Feeling into my environment.

I best get that screwdriver out: even I can’t open these tins with just my Nails…

Nicky© Harris  2018

All the best, John and Dave

“Michelle Harris, performance poet of 23 years, grew up in the North during the hard times of the 70’s but also experienced the musical powerhouse brilliance of the 80’s/90’s. Her work is massively influenced by the infrastructure of the area, it’s role within British history & mirrors the divide still prevalent today, Michelle has supported Dr John Cooper Clarke, Roger McGough & John Hegley. She has been awarded an Edinburgh 4 star Scotsman review for her two woman poetry piece ‘Women On The Verge Of’.”