kate tempest spoken word poetry is a whirlwind. harry and i went to see her at the albany last night in with a mix of other spoken word artists with the amazing applesandsnakes who i first came across at the big chill festival. last night i jotted down the themes touched on by poets
- regaining the authentic voice of the poet where it has sold out
- mental health
- beauty of all people
poetry gets to the issues more than anything i know. i have never been in a church environment where there is the same level of truthful speech about the way things are. it's not that church isn't truthful. it's just that poetry is a different kind of speech. many of the poets remind me of that sense you get of the prophets like jeremiah who describes the word of god like a fire in his bones that he has to get out. kate tempest is like this (there was also a guy dean from bristol who was making his nervous debut who had exactly the same kind of compulsion to write and speak who i loved - don't know any more about him). this speech, this fire in her bones has to come pouring out as she turns 'oceans into paragraphs' and lives the 'life of a scribe'. it's raw, it's gutsy, it's passionate, it's very south london, it's absolutely beautiful. here's one movie i found of her in action reciting the poem 'revelation' i think. she has a limited edition box set cd - 300 copies only - it is really worth getting...
[oh and if you like your speech squeaky clean don't press play]