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During 1976 I produced and published in Chichester, West Sussex, England; a bi-monthly ‘free sheet’ tabloid magazine called The City Pilot. In that year there was a poetry competition run by The Chichester Festival Theatre. I entered the following poem but it did not win. I was told afterwards that the jury did not understand it!? It was later published in The City Pilot.
A poem by: Ben Dunk. 1976.
Herald the way from the seat in Dionysos,
Via ‘Il Piccolo Teatro,’ Pompeii.
Athenum to Noviomagus.
Within Martin’s temple by the fair-sloe-field. (NB: Evershed Martin, Founder). I knew Evershed
‘Hexagrammatical’ festivity, for many years from 1944 and helped him in
filling the sweet, leafy embrace of tree-pure air, promoting fund raising for The Chichester Festival
wherein skilled actors mime, dance, play, laugh and cry; Theatre. In the 1960s I published The Chichester
shout, scream, speak, sigh and sing, Promoter and continued to promote the Theatre
until the steely rafters ring through that medium.
and flinty-concrete reverberates;
with current messages:
and continental crazes.
Thus, in every passing age,
the playwright’s pen points,
at the paper thin stage
and courageous performers,
rise and fall in perpetuity.