Coronet Inside Out: Paul Muldoon, Mona Arshi, Ben Okri & Simon Armitage
Four of the UK’s most acclaimed poets Paul Muldoon, Mona Arshi, Ben Okri and Simon Armitage have shared readings of their work.
THE GREAT HORSE OF THE WORLD BY PAUL MULDOON
“I am terribly sorry not to have made it to The Coronet Theatre this season. Very much hope that I will be there in a not too distant future. In the meantime, this is a poem called The Great Horse of the World.”
DEAR BIG GODS BY MONA ARSHI
“I am recording these poems for The Coronet Theatre, a brilliant theatre in Notting Hill where I’ve read. They support many artists, poets included, and theatres like The Coronet Theatre are going to need our support in the next few months and years ahead.
I am going to read a poem which is called Dear Big Gods which is a prayer poem. There is something about the quality of the attention in prayer which is also present in poetry, and this sort of ancient logic that both forms have.”
MENTAL FIGHT BY BEN OKRI
Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri has shared a new poem: Mental Fight.
This poem, along with Closed, Still Open, was written from inside the experience of the pandemic. Its mode is reflective, its tone intimate, its method symbolic.
LOCKDOWN BY SIMON ARMITAGE
“Hope you enjoy this reading – I think there’s some enjoyment to be had towards the end of the poem, when the imagination is charged with bringing hope and comfort to the confined and separated. I read this with happy memories of appearing on the stage at the Coronet, and look forward to those days coming again.”