Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Join us at our next reading of ORDINARY MAGIC

Poets Unlimited

Jim Alderson  Fay Avsec  Margaret Beston
Angela Croft  Sylvia Rowbottom
Fraser Southey  Norman Staines  Wisty Thomas
Karina Vidler  Linda White

invite you to a reading from their new anthology


Thurs 17 November 2011 at 7.00 pm
at The Poetry Cafe
22 Betterton Street, WC2
Tube: Covent Garden

Doors open at 7.00 pm for 7.30 readings
Admission: £2.00

Open mic: If you would like to read, please arrive by 7.00 pm to register.
Limited spots. One poem, 40 lines max.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Poets Unlimited at Rhythm & Muse - 29 Sept 2011

Rhythm & Muse

celebrates publication of the anthology


by Poets Unlimited

@ The Ram Jam Club

Thursday 29 September 2011

8.00pm for 8.30pm

Admission £6 (£5 concessions)

Venue: The Grey Horse, 46 Richmond Road, Kingston KT2 5EE

Poets reading:

Jim Alderson, Fay Avsec
Angela Croft, Sylvia Rowbottom
Fraser Southey, Norman Staines


Thursday, 18 August 2011

Duncan Forbes' review of Ordinary Magic

This new anthology presents a rich variety of poems from a range of eleven different writers. By turns, frank, moving and thought-provoking, poems here look beneath the ordinary surfaces of life to reveal its mysteries, depths and tragicomedies.

Good wishes to you all and many thanks for inviting me to the evening of the launch which I felt went so well.

Duncan Forbes' work includes ‘Lifelines: Selected Poems’ (Enitharmon) drawn from five previous collections. Recipient of a Gregory Award, TLS/Blackwells Prize, Stephen Spender Times Translation Prizes and a Hawthornden Fellowship, he is also a painter.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Jane Draycott comments on Ordinary Magic

' ... many congratulations to all of you - a real achievement. The poems all work very well together, but also have a kind of incremental unity in the way they work almost in 'chapters' of each individual poet.  You're obviously a strong group - keep the torch burning... '

Jane Draycott's translation of Pearl has just been published by Carcanet Oxford Poets

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Ian Duhig reviews Ordinary Magic

...'Ordinary Magic' brings together a selection from poets who are anything but ordinary: they draw on a truly international experience of different cultures and many languages including that of flowers. They represent all corners of the societies of these islands and a host of styles, from the formally accomplished through to experimental mirror-writing, with every mood from the humourous to the heartbreaking. They have, in their own words, collectivised and stepped outside the mainstream so they may be heard on their own terms. We should be grateful for their bravery.

Ian Duhig

Ian Duhig's latest collection, Pandorama, is published by Picador

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Review of Ordinary Magic

Ordinary Magic
Abegail Morley | July 7, 2011 at 9:44 am | URL: http://wp.me/p11yXb-eP
Ordinary Magic is the first anthology of Poets Unlimited, a group of 11 poets who met through workshops in London. The title poem comes from Fraser Southey and tells of the wonderful goings on in Lampmead Road – a fly on the wall piece acutely observed. Each poet conjures up a healthy selection of poems in this 104 page book.
From the wonderful Uriah Heep’s unsent letter to Miss Wickfield (The Love Song of Uriah Heep, Jim Alderson) I rummage through the magician’s box of tricks, pull out Eye of the dog by Fay Avsec. A lovely piece, I recognise that tragic look, the unconditional love. Next, the Mecca ballroom in Margaret Beston’s The day he left – a poem that resonates because of its rattling, clattering and screeching. We slip easily into Angela Croft’s poems and I found the shoes under the stairs was the poem that stayed with me. When I closed the book I could still see the boy who leapt naked off the quay to rid himself of lice.
Susan Hughes’ A London bridge is a beautifully rich plumped-up poem – I felt I was wading knee deep through warm mud. I couldn’t help but feel moved by Sylvia Rowbottom’s The arthritic condition; the opening line “Take my unrecognisable hand in yours,” is heart-breaking when “it still leads to me” follows on the next line. The iron men of Crosby Beach by Norman Staines stunningly tells of “one hundred patient men/emotion missing from their sea-ward faces/waiting for time to unpick their atoms/to become the objects of nature’s alchemy”.
In Wisty Thomas’ colourful Temple I was struck by the image of how “Your mum’s blue silk dressing gown/covers an altar made of books” and in Karina Vidler’s Offering to my father we need an A-Z of geography as the “bus swelters through unknown London streets” before we travel on to the next poet. I’ve journeyed through this bewitching anthology finally arriving in the “almost dawn” of Linda White’s Before dawn and step in to her world just long enough to see “the imprint of your head” in the last poem Leaving.
Ordinary Magic, Poets Unlimited, Blissett Bookbinders (2011), 978-1-905912-27-8, £7
For further information and to buy the anthology visit: http://poetsunlimited.blogspot.com/or email: poetsunlimited@gmail.com
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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Launch of Ordinary Magic - 17 June 2011

Congratulations to Poets Unlimited on the successful launch of a truly magical anthology.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Ordinary Magic - now available!

If you would like to purchase the new anthology 'Ordinary Magic', please email: poetsunlimited@gmail.com

If you would like to arrange a reading by Poets Unlimited, or have any other questions about 'Ordinary Magic', please contact us using the same email address.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Calling all poetry lovers.....

Poets Unlimited
Invite you to the launch of their anthology
Friday 17 June 2011 at 7.00 pm
88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS
Nearest tube station: Russell Square
Doors open 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm readings
Refreshments will be served
Jim Alderson
Fay Avsec
Margaret Beston
Angela Croft
Susan Hughes
Sylvia Rowbottom
Fraser Southey
Norman Staines
Wisty Thomas
Karina Vidler
Linda White
Admission free but booking essential.
RSVP: via individual poets or to