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NEWS Our 2017 Glastonbury website poet in residence is Dominic Berry

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    This year’s Glastonbury website poet in residence is the wonderful Dominic Berry. Dominic is an internationally renowned, award-winning performance poet who has taken his verse across USA, Canada, India, New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

    He is currently touring two shows: his adult verse ‘No Tigers’, and a family retelling of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’, in collaboration with Big Imaginations, Action Transport Theatre and Arts Council England.

    Recently named as Saboteurs Best Spoken Word Artist of 2017, Dominic’s other accolades include winning New York’s Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam, UK Superheroes of Slam and, as of 2017, seven Arts Council England Grants for the Arts awards. For more info, check out dominicberry.net.

    Here’s Dominic’s first poem for Glastonbury 2017.

    Glastonbury Mosh-Pit

    It is five in the morning,
    two people
    feel neck skin prickles
    under soft summer solstice sunrise,
    in a Glastonbury mosh-pit.
    As bass-lines boom
    through thousands of bouncing feet
    searching for a place to stand,
    two people
    find love
    and peace.

    Keisha shares water with Kaz.
    Spilling laughter.
    It is Keisha’s first festival,
    so she carries enough smiles
    to inspire a nation.
    Can repeat line-up times
    like children recite times tables.
    Has drawn routes to stages
    on backs of hands
    like maps on pages
    of folklore fables.

    Grin soaked,
    Kaz drinks this water and decides:
    Forget the office.
    Being with Keisha
    means more to Kaz
    than team building workmates
    who knock down dreams.
    Kaz and Keisha met five minutes ago
    and now
    their friendship is deeper than time.

    They’ve found exactly where they’ll stand.
    From pitching tents to their first band,
    from raves to campaigns of good will,
    from folks who’ll chill to jokes that thrill,
    from protest art of paint and steel
    to juggled flames and healing fields,
    from Pilton Palais to The Glade:
    Water Aid.

    if Kaz and Keisha’s feelings
    could be bottled and shared.
    Make our thirsty nations
    drunk on love.
    Cheers refuelled
    at the mosh-pit stop.
    An ancient magic
    in modern melody.
    Kaz and Keisha know
    we can change the world
    with love
    and peace.
    In 9am tents,
    hugged by sun beams.
    Excited minds,
    dripping with dreams.

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