This October, just a week before Sylvia Plath’s birthday, Perth Poetry Club hosted a tribute gig at Moon cafe, Northbridge.
Feature poets who read Plath’s work on the day included Dean Meredith and myself, and we also heard from other PPC patrons who read some of their favourite poems from her oeuvre.
My set list was as follows:
Suicide Off Egg Rock
The Moon and the Yew Tree
I also read some of Plath’s bee poems, as selected by Alexis Lateef.
It was great to hear Allan Padgett read another ‘Cinderella’ poem by Plath’s daughter, Frieda Hughes, and Dean Meredith performed a stirring rendition of ‘Daddy’.
The event was a wonderful celebration of Plath’s work and life. As she wrote in her journals:
12 December 1958
‘Writing is a religious act: it is an ordering, a reforming, a relearning and reloving of people and the world as they are and as they might be. A shaping which does not pass away like a day of typing or a day of teaching. The writing lasts: it goes about on its own in the world … You do it for itself first. If it brings in money, how nice. You do not do it first for money… The worst thing would be to live with not writing.’
Many thanks to Dean and Elio for organising the gig, and to Rose van Son for the above photographs.