This is the first time I have heard Sam Stephensen read. He is an extremely polished and engaging presenter. He paces his material brilliantly. His eye contact with his audience is spell-binding but never threatening. Best of all, however, is the quality of the material itself. Sonorous, jumping from universal god-like perspectives to close-up microscopic views as intimate as water droplets on cedar leaves. Sam’s material is thoughtful, lyrical, wryly humorous and begs to be heard aloud.
In a question period after the readings, Sam was asked to speak about his ‘process’. He answered that he was a great fan of discipline in writing and wished he had some! This, of course, was a facetious remark which drew many laughs from the audience. Clearly Sam has talent and discipline in spades. Don’t miss a chance to hear this man read.
Here's a link to a radio interview with Sam
It was fine evening and I am happy to report that poetry is alive and well within the Nelson Underground, and concur with Sam Stephenson that freshly baked muffins are pretty much the answer to everything.