PLU Open Mic feat. Antonia Alexandra Klimenko
The beast could not speak, not a word and we are not Dr Dolittle, so rather than Open Mic by indecipherable mock-Italian hand signals – and we all know how many of those there are – Kate and Emily came to the rescue with a novelty double-hosting act for Antonia’s big night. And what a night is was.
But firstly David S and Nick gave us Neruda, Marvel and Betjamin. Classics over, Iris (growing up in French) and Eliot (with some Hugo) did the French thing, followed by Anita with her tryptich in blue and a ghazal – clever clogs all.
Antonia wowed us with July, Deja Vu ‘sending postcards from the other room,’ Art that wasn’t dead and her Rimbaud inspired Sea of Dreams, amongst other. The video says it all. Watch it and be amazed, a wonderful performance – thank you darling!
Part two began with another great performance by the brilliant Brown and Catti, who had a fair number of very excited fans in the audience. If you haven’t heard of them before, a quick Google is highly recommended!
It’s only castles burning
After all that messing around, Thomas got us back in a serious poetry mood, and Rose – the digital virgin – read us some Metro Blues. My guess is definitely line 4.
Moe caught the vibe “some deep shit is happening heeeeere” and treated us to a spontaneous jam with Catti (not the only one of the evening!) before
baby Noakes Annie made her stage debut. It looks like there’s another poet in the Noakes clan… Check out her YouTube channel, Broken Youth Films, to see what she’s up to.
I am not fast enough to the light
David Sirois was also feeling musical, warming up the stage with an impromptu peformance of the Smiths before ‘Th[e] Chaming Man’ read us more of his poetry…
a silver future of water
a thousand histories of rain
Shannon Cain, who is not at all Meghan, is starting up a free writers masterclass in Paris on Wednesdays, so if you’re interested, get in touch!
Quitterie read Jack Gilbert’s Failing and Flying, Anna went on a pilgrimage, Bob came back for more, and just when they thought it was all over, Emily – who has many qualities but not when it comes to names or writing them down – remembered/was reminded about the patient Olivia, who led us down the rabbit hole in the metro with Gravity and Delirium.
Thank you Steve for taking more beautiful photos, and thank you once more to Antonia for being our featured guest!
Antonia Alexandra Klimenko trained as an actress at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She was first introduced on the BBC and to the literary world by the legendary Tambimutttu of Poetry London–publisher of T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas Henry Miller and Leonard Cohen, to name a few. After his death, it was his friend, the late great Kathleen Raine, who took an interest in her writing and encouraged her to publish. Although her manuscript was orphaned upon ‘Tambi’s passing, her poems and correspondence are included in his Special Collections at Northwestern University. The former San Francisco Poetry Slam Champion and devotee of Spoken Word has performed at various venues such as the renowned Purple Onion and The Intersection for the Arts–the oldest alternative art space in the City by the Bay. Her one-woman-show, Where the Blue Begins was presented in conjunction with Sonoma’s performing art series Women on the Edge. Recently, she participated in Three Room Press’ presentation of Dada a la Carte at the Mona Bismarck Center for Art and Culture. Klimenko has been interviewed for Boheme and Quail Bell Magazine.Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in CounterPunch, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, Iodine Journal, The Seventh Quarry, Howl: San Francisco Poetry News, The Bastille, Paris Lit Up, Strangers in Paris–New Writing Inspired by the City of Light, The Last Clean Dirty Shirt Anthology, Southeast, Quail Bell, Voyeur, The Indian River Review, The Best of Mad Swirl, The Criterion International Literary Journal, Knot Magazine, Occupy Wall Street Anthology (in which she is distinguished as an American Poet) and Maintenant 7and 8: Journal of Contemporary Dada Poetry and Art archived at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She lives in Paris.