Here people really have to work hard to build a scene. And by the time (the scene) is thriving, the poets would have nurtured themselves pretty well to take over. And that's going to be mind-blowing. ... I really do think than the Malaysian poets can whack off stage those so-called top poets in the UK now. The standard of writing here is better.The words of performance poet Charlie Dark will be enormously encouraging to all involved in live literature in KL. The complete interview from the New Sunday Times is here.
I'm so sad I missed Wayang Kata V at No Black Tie on Sunday night when Dark performed with local poets. Has anyone blogged it or stuck up pictures anywhere? If so, could you please post the link?
I also missed Ann Lee's play Tarap Man which I had really been looking forward to. The only night I was free to go, the tickets were already all gone when I called up. But I appreciated Saras Manickam's review and really hope this excellent play gets staged again.
The other big event of the weekend was to have been the International Human Rights Day celebrations with a peaceful walk from Sogo to Central Market in solidarity with the principle of freedom of expression. I am most upset that things turned out very differently, and that lawyers got arrested ... what is happening? No, don't answer because the way things are going in this country is just too depressing.