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Book Markets in London and Baghdad

March 15, 2015

Peter and I went to London yesterday for Poetry Space‘s 5th birthday celebration at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden. What a lovely atmosphere! It took me back to the 70s. It was a real pleasure to meet and listen to the other poets. I read three short poems, including Brown Sugar.

book market

We saw this open-air book-market near the South Bank Centre. When we were home again I found this blog-post from Lilla, with a heartening little movie about the Friday book-market in Al-Mutanabbi Street from (of all places!) the Financial Times.

Lilla hosted a small, intimate reading at her home in Bristol on 5th March to mark the eighth anniversary of the bombing. Fairy-lights and candles led us to the right front-door. It was an evening of attentive listening and the sharing of experiences and thoughts about poetry, life and death. There was warm, comforting silence too. Oh, and tea. And cake.

People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.
Dorothy Day

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2015 1:25 pm

    Perfect quote. Thank you, Ama. I am glad to have seen you post on the Book List

  2. March 16, 2015 8:11 pm

    Thank you Wendy. I’ve just spent a couple of hours exploring your wonderful blog!

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