I didn’t know about this video until my friend Googled my name, which just goes to show how exhilarating and fearful the Internet can be. Here’s me performing a slightly older version of Architects’ Triptych, including its older, shittier title. I’m not exactly sure why I’m posting this, because watching, or even listening to it, makes me cringe a little. But that’s what we tend to do, as we look back on our work, older and cooler, so I’ll take it as a good response. My main gripe is that I think my delivery here is too slow, breaking up the flow.

This was done at an event in Montreal (where I lived for 8 months this last year) by the McGill University performance poetry collective McSWAY, both an exhibition (which this piece was) and a slam at the end. We were invited to add to our exhibition pieces with other works of art; you can see my contribution at the top-leftish, a photo-collage of three buildings, reflecting the three sections of the poem. It’s been a long time since I’ve done visual art, and it was really quite enjoyable to just sit in my bedroom, alone, with card and paper and scissors and glue. When I’m creating something I’m often very focussed on what the end-product will look like – the all-important performance. But you don’t ‘perform’ a collage in the same way, and making this reminded me how enjoyable and how important the process, not seen directly by anyone else, can be.


Reading The Baby at the Soap Box Open Mic at Pleasance Cabaret bar, 7th November 2013.

The theme was ‘Fear and Strength’; I tried to write something for it, but bar a rather crudely-etched stanza of something that didn’t speak honestly for me, I had nothing. So I thought to myself, ‘Fuck the theme’, and read The Baby. Which promptly ended up fitting the theme, somehow. How convenient.

People get quite amused by my use of a laptop at open mics, where I put all my finished stuff after drafting it. I don’t always refer directly to it but I have it on me just in case I forget something. I’m quite new to having a laptop at all and, it being my new toy, I use wherever I can like an annoying, technologically-backward child.

Soap Box’s Facebook page (and where I got the photos from)


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