“Poems – my own and other people’s – are scattered across my life. They are in books and notebooks, folded in wallets and hidden in desk drawers; a few are memorised. They are as commonplace as food and drink. I wouldn’t want to live without them, although I dare say I could. They will be the last things I forget when I have forgotten everything else. Some of these poems are gathered together in this book, A Commonplace.
A Commonplace is a collection of my own poems interleaved with other people’s poems, poems I admire and that give solace or inspiration. As there are things I want to say about my own poems, and about those by other poets, I have included an on-going commentary. This isn’t something I’ve done before, but it has made me think about how poetry is released into the world.”
[Extract from A Commonplace]
Listen to: ‘A Letter to Johann Joachim Quantz’ by Jonathan Davidson, read by Gregory Leadbetter
Listen to: ‘Apple Picking’ by Jonathan Davidson, read by Jo Bell
Jonathan Davidson has spent a lifetime finding ways to release poetry into the wild. He has curated festivals, made poetry performances for the stage and radio, and has published several books and pamphlets. This work has focussed on the English Midlands but has also taken him to India, Ukraine, the Baltic States and Central America. He currently lives in Birmingham.
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Cover Painting: The Industrial Henge by Anna Dillon (http://www.annadillon.com/)