A poem to Dylan Thomas among readings at Covent Garden literary haunt

Artist Fiona Green, a former long-time resident of Tottenham Street in Fitzrovia, will be reading from her book of poems at a literary event in Covent Garden this Wednesday 1 July.

Watercolour painting.

Llewelyn crossing a misty Dawlish field. Part of a watercolour by artist Fiona Green

The Poetry Cafe is a regular haunt on London’s literary trail and features many reading events.

“As the theme of the evening is Soho, I have chosen to read — alongside others about Soho characters — my poem to Dylan Thomas from his son’s point of view,” says Green who now lives in Totnes, Devon.

His side of the Truth
(Llewelyn’s response to his father)

Llewelyn saw your side of the truth, and rejected it
In the blinding country of his middle age
He saw what was undone
Under the unminding skies
King of his heart in the blind days.

King of his sixty one years, by the grinding Dawlish sea
He blew away like breath
Went crying through you & me
And the souls of all men
A hard death.

And all your deeds and words, Dylan
Were cast, before he moved
Each truth,each lie
Was judged … and died …
In his unjudging love

“Ideally it should be seen alongside the original ‘This Side of the Truth‘ for Llewelyn from the Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas New Centenary Edition, published by Orion,” says Green.

A Life Class, Wednesday 1 July 2015, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. An evening of poetry readings based on Memoir, and reminiscence spanning a bleak North East in the 1940’s, the excitement of Sixties Soho to more recent times. The Poetry Café22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX. £5 on the door to include an illustrated pamphlet poem from ‘A Soho Sequence’.

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