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Poetry appreciation


Date: Wednesday 23 May, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Price: £8 / £5
Venue address:
The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD

Publicity material for this event says:

'There is, Within Our Lives, An Exact Mystery'
The Inner Biography of Vernon Watkins
by Richard Ramsbotham

Vernon Watkins remains one of the great riddles of twentieth century poetry. Although for those who have experienced his work there is no doubt about his poetic and spiritual stature (Kathleen Raine called him ‘the greatest lyric poet of my generation’) in the mainstream cultural and literary world there is almost complete silence about him. This silence, however, can itself become a doorway not only to his poetry but also to a greater spiritual presence than we are ordinarily aware of. When we further explore Vernon Watkins’s inner biography, he is increasingly revealed both as one of the great poets and as one of the great spiritual witnesses of his time.

This lecture will explore all this, as well as offering an experience of certain aspects of Watkins’s inner biography through the performance of some of his poetry.

Richard Ramsbotham is a writer, performer and theatre director. He has taught at Warsaw University and Emerson College. Among his performances have been ‘William Blake’s Milton’ and ‘I am Andrej Belyj’. He has also directed Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Dramas. He has completed the first volume (unpublished) of a two-part biography of Vernon Watkins. He is the author of 'Who Wrote Bacon?' (2004) and the editor of 'New Selected Poems of Vernon Watkins' (Carcanet, 2006).

Contact: 01233 813663

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