Just before we say goodbye to the Sydney Writers’ Festival for 2014, let’s send out a big tick of approval to performance poet Derrick Brown who seems to retain a sense of authenticity – sincerity even – in the midst of a professional performance.
In the Sydney Dance Lounge beside the harbour this afternoon, backed by recorded music, Brown read excerpts from two of his anthologies and from a scrap of paper, creating a mood of love and tenderness, especially towards science, logic, his mother who’d lost her diamond ring while washing up, and the miracles of the universe.
Brown’s recent anthology, Strange Light, won Book of the Year 2013 from the Texas League of Writers.
He explained that he found poetry ‘in a foxhole’ and afterwards realised that as a poet his life was going to be ‘very hard’. His quotable quote on being a poet: ‘I don’t want to be the best – I just want to be the favourite’.
And his most compelling idea: ‘… the design in the stars is the same in our hearts’. Audience members in ‘the gods’ seemed to agree.
Last chance to catch him performing will be tomorrow night (Monday) at the ‘Giant Dwarf’, 199 Cleveland St.
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