PLU Open Mic featuring Donald Tournier
The fabulous guest host, Bibi Jacob reviews this week’s Open Mic with photos by Kate and the PLU camera.
‘A story is like water/ That you heat for the bath,’ says Rumi. No need for extra heat – we had plenty of that on Thursday night and I brought the water to spray at the performers. Five virgins graced the sweaty night. And the stories came in many forms.
Tom launched the night with a house full of locks and women. David Sirois sang his way to the stage where he gave us his latest pigeon poem. Steve took us to a bar where there were smokey mustaches. We changed universe as Thomas brought us shiny titanium winged creatures and then Adeena performed something flusty and flirty. Antonia gave us Death and the Human Condition. There was a stirring of our poetic consciousness by Bob and Yann presented us with an exceptional contract. Time then for Donald Tournier, poete extraordinaire and our guest reader to take the floor and wow us with his bilingual work.
Phew, end of an excellent Round 1 and everyone piled out into the hot Belleville street.
Kate kicked off Round 2 with Under Milk Wood and a couple of poems. Elliot came along with his subtil style. Moe wanted the cosmos. The meaning of life and the bac philo was explained to us by David Jagger. And there was no need to lose heart for Beatrice spoke to us of re-inheartment. Nick told us of early love and Larkin. Sexy rompings followed with Shannon and Donald returned to engage us with some translations and anger. A musical interlude as Romeo plucked brilliantly on his guitar. And – oh la la – Troy came in time for some quickies. Imane also inheartened us. Lucas engaged us with politics dans la ville. And the evening came to a beautiful close with three dongs on a bowl and words about silence from Mr Sirois.
Donald Tournier was born in Brussels and raised in Hong Kong. He writes in English and French. He sells his French poetry on the Paris metro under the name Mark Tapley. He likes to call himself the most-read and best-paid French poet of his generation. He has published almost nothing. He contributes and helps edit the francophone trimestrial review NAMO.