by Deborah Tyler-Bennett
Title adapted from the 1965 album, Kinda Kinks
‘See here it is – I hold it towards you’ –John Keats, ‘This Living Hand, Now Warm and Capable’
Keats House reveals time’s glitchery again, half day’s workshop over in a hand-stretch. Now, outside the Euphorium Café we’re sipping coffee, watching passers-by skirting the Heath in unexpected heat. ‘Time-swallowing happens here’, you say, ‘expect the unexpected’. As if to illustrate, there’s Ray Davies from The Kinks, sentinel by unlikeliest orange van … …We laugh, Ray Davies on a sunny afternoon. Keats’s friend, Haydon, could have thumbnail sketched songwriter’s sun-cut silhouette, us soon turned to clafoutis aux cerises, bitter- cocoa torte, and latte … crumbs of this Hampstead summer almanac. While, at Keats House, as clocks go winding back, an orange van steals by. As lovers stand for photos against Keats’s mulberry, the poet stretches out his, tenderest, hand.
first collection was Clark Gable in Mansfield (King’s England, 2003). Her second, Pavilion (Smokestack), set in Brighton and the world of the dandy came out in 2010. 2011 saw the publication of Revudeville (King’s England), and the chapbook Mytton … Dyer … Sweet Billy Gibson (Nine Arches Press). KInda Keats was written as a result of a Poetry Lives Here residency at Keats House, Hampstead, in 2010, and is published here with her permission. It first appeared in the Spring edition of the online poetry magazine London Grip, which can be accessed from here.
The London Grip Poetry Review is but one part of a much broader enterprise. To quote its own statement of intent: “Londongrip is a wholly independent online venue, a cultural omnibus providing intelligent reviews of current shows and events, well-argued articles on the widest range of topics, an exhibition space for cross-media arts and an in-house poetry magazine with its own editor. All items are original, making their first appearance on the internet in this form.”