My third book of poems is a broad selection of themes and ideas written over the last two years. Some drawn from personal experience and direct observation while others more playful
Books by Keith Bray
Keith’s stated aim with this collection is “to create sudden contrasts of mood and subject matter. If there are underlying themes that connect then I have left that for the reader to decide.” This is indeed an emotional kaleidoscope which will surely stimulate all readers to stretch their powers of association. He could have made linear progressions of his main themes, and divided them into sections: the life story narratives, the self-criticism and self-parody, the social commentaries, the exploration of relationships, with their up- and down-sides, and the environmental observations. But he chose the discrete, dispersed approach, which to me is ‘true to life’, as in the course of living we are subjected to perpetual cross-currents. Good that the collection is laced with some song-lyrics, acknowledging this other vital area of Keith’s activity. It ends, appropriately, with obituaries of two of his late friends, tracing their terminal decline, and the cosmic dimensions of their departures.
My first book
Pocket Full of Whispers this little book of poetry is dedicated to all my close friends and family. And to all the extraordinary people who have influenced and enhanced my life in ways I never could have imagined possible. With more than just thanks to Peter Beverley, Bob Frith, Paul Kershaw, Katerina and Ankaret El Haj, Xochitl Tuck, Laura Barnes, Lorna Barter, Cam Ringel, Penny and Shadow and Dave from Tottenham Chances, Kitty Reford, the Sidcup and Bexley crew, Jill Penny, Fiona Frank, Wendy and Chris Pointon from Market Rasen, Poet Razz and all at Survivors Poetry
Second big hit
Keith’s new book is an eclectic and varied assortment of poems gathered together under the collective title “The mirrors of Thespis”. There’s no underlying thread/leitmotif running through them other than the diversity of content.
Keith is essentially a musician with strong poetic and visual sensibilities that informs all aspects of his creative work. In a world where the word “interdisciplinary arts” is the buzz word he was there long before the word was even coined. He spent many years as a musical director with dance and theatre companies which greatly influenced and widened his artistic scope.
Broad selection of themes and ideas written over the last two years. Some drawn from personal experience and direct observation while others more playful, fanciful, surreal; reflecting individual concerns more sociological than political. Art Squares Look & Stare A mixed bag of assorted vignettes and anecdotes brought together under the collective title ‘Art squares look and stare’. A large majority of the poems are written and presented in traditional stanza form. A conscious decision made in order to tighten up the work to make the pieces concise, pithier and structurally more coherent.
My fourth book of poems ‘Skyhigh down to ground’ begins and engages with the political much more directly than my previous poetry collections. Intuitive responses more questioning than providing any actual solutions or answers. The content slowly moves towards the domestic, the social and more personal as the book progresses.
The book is dedicated to Cam Ringel, Poet Razz, Jazzman John Clarke and Maggie Swampwino. Four people who had and still have a profound influence on my creative work. Not their actual words/music as such but the way they lived their lives and stayed true to their inner voice. Find Keith book on London Poetry Books
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