Being Beta

Exercises in the higher banter with One of 26. Elsewhere called 'poet of adland'. By a whipple-squeezer. Find out why being beta is the new alpha: betarish at googlemail dot com

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Poetry: The Rialto 83 launch



Come and celebrate issue 83 of The Rialto making it into the world, and the graduation of me and Holly from the Rialto / Poetry School editorial development programme. Joining us to read some of their work will be: Jake Campbell, John Clegg, Katie Griffiths, Alyson Hallett, Emily Hasler, Hannah Lowe, Alex MacDonald and Rachel Piercey. Do hope you can be there too.

Wednesday 22 July, 7.30pm
The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London, W1W 6DL

Free, but we'll be passing round a hat for donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Listorama: Facebook status updates vol 39

What's on your mind, BetaRish?


My eclipse is complete

is washing his face in your sink

The trouble with me is just water under the bridge

is the fight you came for

Mouth, bad taste etc

is dissolved like a parliament

Look up. What do you see?

is a fool with a feel for foolish behaviour

Where’s my Maundy purse then?

Hello desk
 
Wiggle the niggles away with a giggle
 
I am mostly snot, Lemsip, coughs and jetlag
 
kay, whatabout amirite?  
*mic drop* *crane bounce*
 
is an armful
 
is touch about some previous comments he made eight years ago
 
has found treachery in his perfidy
 
Mither, muckle, mizzle do
 
is a delinquent descendent of late 80s Belgian dance music’s hybrid aesthetic
 
Where’s me red flag?
 
goes to quiet places to make his brain loud
 
is a template for data analysis
 
Vote early, vote often &c
 
has not been shuffled
 
is in debate with delectable
 
is looking up
 
until the end
 
*thinks* *feels* *stop thinking*
 
wotcha gonna promise me this time?
 
is a dream of a setting sun
 
is trying to carpe his diems
 
is all and nothing
 
Here we are, here we are in my Paisley Underground crib
 
You can only step into the river of data with a spreadsheet
 
is a blazer
 
is a vellum parchment
 
For a short week, this has been a long week
 
remains stunned that June could ever be considered flaming
 
is all the way back to then beginning again
 
is on time for being late
 
is dancing to Marquee Moon
 
is hyperlexic
 
is filling in boxes
 
asked, and is still waiting to get
 
lacks the necessary temporal conditions
 
is waiting for the great leap forward
 
is spearheading your public radio station’s membership drive
 
has forgotten what the question is but knows the answer is Yes

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Longing Look: me on R.E.M.

Delighted to have made my debut, over on Medium, for new publication A Longing Look, where I am wittering on about R.E.M.'s 'E-Bow the Letter'. Go read, tell all your friends etc.



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Listorama: Facebook status updates vol 38

BetaRish (is)...

is inside the outside

has crinkled


can’t help it


is lazily humorous and lightly amiable


is of the persuasion


is all focaccia and trapezes


is a loose wire in an induction hob


Oh good grief why are you boring me in this way?


Pop the champagne


Why are the mercies always small?


is being overwhelmed by his ludic tendencies


is singing you to shipwreck


has been appointed by Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel


Always Be Citrus


is drafting ‘Notes on yearning’


has been booted by the reboots


Man needs to be told


is dipping the cranes


Bring on the dancing sharks!


is mostly vitamin C


is snaffled


is subject to the Maxwellisation process


is on hold for jabs


is the actual condition


has failed to respect artistry again


Just surfaced from the sickbed


has a new view


is both sign and referent


is all plots and plans


smuggle


is not suffering from Statuettegate


Sweet talk like candy rots teeth


is mostly a product of his teenage soundtrack


The big wheel keeps on turning


misses C90s


And all this I’ve done for you


The present is past, as is the future


is using his personal account for communications


is available for merchandising opportunities


No space on the G drive


fears that the powers that be don’t like paper


gives you permission to copy this groove


I think the pollen is lying in wait for me


Too much flak


is the national bird


has been up here, for almost too long


…nope, nothing doing…


is a correspondent

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Poetry: Rhyme for the Tube competition

Most of you Londoners and/or regular Tube users will have no doubt seen the lovely rhyming posters exhorting everyone else – because your etiquette is perfect – to be that ever bit more considerate of your fellow travellers.

Think you can do better, with your spondees and dactyls actually changing people's behaviour? Well, here's your chance.

Pick one of the those things that narks you about travelling on the Tube: people scoffing smelly food, talking too loudly on their phones, you know the drill. Then write a short rhyming poem about it, and why people jolly well shouldn't do it.

The winning poem will not only end up emblazoned on posters right across the network, but the winning poet's fizzog will also feature in the cartoon in said posters too.

Need inspiration? Here's one I just cranked out:

"On the escalator, don't stop on the left
As those walking down will be bereft.
You won't have to do anything grand:
Just move to the right if you'd like to stand."

Of course you can do better. Jump to it! More details in the poster below, and full info at the #travelbetterlondon tumblr.


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Monday, February 16, 2015

Poetry: Lawyering &c

ICYMI, my latest blog for the Poetry School as part of my Rialto editorial development programme, ruminating on how one might build a case for a poem you might like to publish.


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Poetry: Coffee-House Poetry

I'm reading at the Troubadour in Earls Court next Monday, 26 January, in the company of some fine poets. Full details below. Come along, you can always catch Corrie on itv Player...

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mon 26 jan: salon d’hiver with rishi dastidar, kate ghyll, agnieszka studzinska, soul patel, angela kirby, jacqueline saphra, nick mackinnon & laura scott with henry fajemirokun

Troubadour prelude to spring with a sparkling winter wordfest from:
  • Rishi Dastidar is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen a The Complete Works Fellow was a runner-up in 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition, & featured in 2014’s Ten: The New Wave (Bloodaxe, 2014)
  • Kate Ghyll has worked for Poetry Society of America, published short stories, acted in filmmaker Sophie Fiennes’ Front Row Orchestra & is starting an online cultural magazine The Reconnaissance
  • Agnieszka Studzinska’s debut collection, Snow Calling, was shortlisted for 2010’s London New Poetry Award: her second is What Things Are (Eyewear, 2014)
  • strategy consultant & Capoeira (Brazilian dance/martial-arts) practitioner Soul Patel is a Faber Academy graduate & member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen
  • Angela Kirby’s poems have been read on Radio 4 & BBC TV, & translated into Romanian — her 3rd Shoestring collection is A Scent of Winter (2013)
  • Jacqueline Saphra’s The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye, 2011) was an Aldeburgh First Collection nomination – If I Lay On My Back I Saw Nothing But Naked Women (Emma, 2014) is an illustrated book of prose-poems
  • history teacher Nick MacKinnon lives in Winchester & Cambridge — his recent prizes include 2012 Keats-Shelley, 2012Hippocrates & 2013 Forward Best Single Poem
  • Laura Scott’s magazine publications include Poetry Review & Tate Etc. – her pamphlet What I Saw (Rialto, 2013) won the Michael Marks Award
  • plus singer/songwriter Henry Fajemirokun

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Listorama: Facebook status updates vol 37

BetaRish (is)...


My life is mostly paint and words at the moment

The list is growing

has his nose pressed up against the glass

Oh heck, oh heck, oh heck

Time to get on with it

*sniffles*

Light is fantastic

remains confused by people’s willingness to put their heads inside crocodile jaws

*ill*

Wooo.Zeee

is an unreliable temperature gauge

has had his cover blown

is a dragoman

is a real-time deal delivery system

is a slave to tetrameter

is as frail as vaudeville

is entranced

is available to be a brand’s poetry partner

is gathering

leapt tall buildings in a single bound

is in the world

The simple schemes are always the most fiendish

Only the paranoid tweet once

is the universal service obligation

Remember me to the Ways and Means Committee

Remember me to the Undercity

is the definition

is practicing his spontaneity

So ends my first visit to Norwich. Hope to see more of you next time

is your clueless sidekick

grumble grumble, grumble grumble

too much chain, not enough mail

is a mean new rebel

Who is the what is the who?

is 37 signal strong

is a model of make believe

is burbling

Or maybe it’s too much?

is tripping the fuse fantastic

…and breathe…

lacks the power

is lacking power again

A stomach bug is not ideal Christmas preparation

Good things to all men. Except them. They’re rotters

is at work

May your 2015s be wonderful, your tribulations tiny, and your triumphs tremendous

Pinch punch… oh, the first day back in the office isn’t meant to be violent

is a voracious tweeter of bon mots

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Poetry: One to watch

Me, apparently. I'd recommend keeping an eye on the other five instead.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reup on written things

A review (my first) for This Is Cabaret, of the Christmas show by Meow Meow, on at the Southbank Centre until 29 December.

The next of the blogs about The Rialto / Poetry School editorial development programme; a diary of poetry selection, if you will.


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