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Poetry Reading - John Gohorry, Poet in Residence at David's Bookshop - reads his new poem, The Firebird

Thursday 29 October 2015

Part of the Letchworth Garden City "Fire & Fright" Festival

The theme of Letchworth Garden City’s Fire and Fright festival this year is The Firebird, a mythical creature of Slavonic folklore made famous in the 1911 Russian ballet for which Stravinsky wrote music. My poem, finished just in time for a festival reading, set up at the very last minute thanks to Paul Wallace, is written in fourteen sections. It sets the (unnamed) hero’s quest for the Firebird not in the traditional context of ogres and the magical reawakenings of figures turned to stone, but in an inaccessible fortress set in a dismal forest besieged by large numbers of migrant refugees. Only the intervention of the Firebird and the redemptive power of human love makes possible the opening up of the fortress, a better future for refugees, and a happy ending for three sets of lovers.


Longer term, I am hoping to link the words of the poem with some original music and maybe some dance interludes.


John Gohorry, Letchworth Garden City,  22 October 2015

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