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Matt is back on the stage to close the day, offering a story and a poem.
“Say it with flowers”, a time-lapse love story. He planted a batch of bulbs to say “Your [sic] beautiful”. They came up “Yo- b–if–“. He wondered whether she got the message…
A final poem in the 1st person about bringing all of oneself to one’s life journey. “The hole in the sum of my parts”… “most of me, and you, and them, and we, is dreams”.
Thank you Benjamin J Borley for taking photos of all the speakers and performers yesterday, and turning them round so quickly that I can include them in the live posts.
The poet and Wondermentalist Cabaret presenter all the way from Totnes (twinned with Narnia), for the first of two slots.
His first poem, living the questions: “If love can build a bridge, can affection put up a shelf?”
This is not his shortest poem, which is Botox: “Early onset taxidermy”. He hopes people weren’t offended by that poem, but if they were, how could we tell?
The Love Food, Hate Waste campaign asked Matt to write a love poem to the potato, to the whole potato. We clapped his first effort, but the campaign didn’t. So he wrote effort number 2: “No spud is dud. If you get all sprouty, don’t go all throwy-outy!”
(Even more laughter)
Less is More: if we have less of something, we have more of something else. That’s physics – trust him. “Less haze, more stars; more community, less isolation; less passive listening, MORE PARTICIPATION!”
(Laughter and applause)
Poet and lyricist Matt Harvey was first official Poet-in-Residence at the Wimbledon Championships (“brilliant” The New Yorker) and has been commissioned by – among others – the Science Museum, the Open University and the Energy Ombudsman. He has been a familiar voice on Radio 4 since 2001 when he co-wrote and co-starred in One Night Stanza. He also served seven years as regular poet on Saturday Live, hosted two series of The Wondermentalist Cabaret and wrote and performed the adventures of superhero Empath Man.
Matt is the author of The Hole in the Sum of my Parts, Where Earwigs Dare and Mindless Body Spineless Mind and two picture books for children, Shopping With Dad and Beastie and the Boys. With composer Stephen Deazley he collaborated on children’s song cycles A Little Book of Monsters and The Songbook of Unsingable Songs and with Thomas Hewitt Jones he wrote The Same Flame and the hit musical Rumpelstiltskin.
For three years he wrote the Desktop Poetry slot in the Guardian, and currently writes a regular column, Qwerty Something, for Resurgence Magazine. Matt was nominated for a PEA Award for the energy-inspired poems in The Element in the Room, written while Poet-in-Residence with RegenSW. His most recent book is Sit!, a collaboration with illustrator Claudia Schmid. He is a regular visitor to TEDxExeter.