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Poetry Can F*ck Off (Brainfruit)

By | Published on Friday 21 August 2015

Poetry Can F*ck Off

“Poetry makes nothing happen,” said W H Auden. What happened here: tears were streaming down my face, my feet would not stop tapping, and I was whispering along, wanting to be chanting. Spellbindingly performed with live music, this show opens with Auden’s provocative statement and proceeds to demolish it, by travelling through poetry’s intersection with politics. Ranging widely in time and space, from Tahrir Square to Fukushima to Mesopotamia, this is not canonical school stuff – it’s electrifying and erudite, passionate and political. This deserves to be sold out, packed out, standing room only. I’m going again, taking everyone who cares about anything. In my book, if you’re not going to ‘Poetry Can F*ck Off’, you can fuck off.

Summerhall, until 22 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Lucy Diver]