How I came to hear this great poetry reading is a bit embarrassing really. I was showing a friend, Zigstr the very scary Danse Macabre build that I blogged a few days ago. While wandering around I was likening some of the goblin figures to my ex-bf in local chat. Then we rounded a corner only to bump into the poetry readers in the midst of their performance, along with an audience! Oooops...
Dubhna Rhiadra and Caledonia Skytower reading 'Goblin Market'
Zigstr and I ceased our cheeky local banter and joined the group.
The poem, 'Goblin Market' was written in 1859 by Christina Rossetti. It's about two sisters and their temptation by Goblin men. Dubhna Rhiadra and Caledonia Skytower, the performers, took us on an intriguing verbal adventure.
I thoroughly enjoyed the sounds that the words of this poem made, sometimes galloping and at other times strolling us through the tale. And tension was created by making us expect one thing yet envisage something very different, like the association between fruit and sex. The Danse Macabre build has goblin-fruity scenes too. These added yet another dimension to the overall experience. I felt as if I was 'in' the poem.
Given I had no idea I was going to attend a poetry reading, I consider this another of SL's lucky coincidences. Zigstr really enjoyed it too. After the performance Dubhna and Caledonia took the time to explain how they worked together for the reading and some of the intricacies of the poem which was also very interesting.
In summary, Goblin Market is a multi-layered, poetic saga with veiled (and sometimes not so veiled) sexual inferences, read with much enthusiasm and skill. Highly recommended!