Dec 3, 2012

mono.klub #40 / Robert Montgomery

Last week, mono.kultur newsletter said:

Dear Friends, 
since Robert Montgomery came all the way from London to join us for the release
of our shared publication Echoes of Voices in the High Towers a few weeks ago, 
it seemed only fair to return the favour and make our way over to the grand isles
to present our book in person to our English friends. So if you happen to be 
in London next week, please join us for an evening of conversation with Robert Montgomery and publisher Kai von Rabenau, on the lovely premises of Ti Pi Tin bookstoreWe promise to be on our best behaviour and Robert might even be 
persuaded to sign copies in the most unexpected ways.

We look forward to seeing you there,

I said: YES. I am in London. And I went there and it was good to be there. 
It was a familiar talk between publisher and artist and many nice people around them. 
What I keep in mind: Robert Montgomery said, that poetry is the genre of literature
of our times. It is short. You can even read a few poems during sitting on the toilet
or standing in the bus. Sometimes people criticize him to be too romantic, his work 
to be close to kitsch. He says: I like romantic and I think that we desire it. This is
my language. And a woman in the audience said: Maybe people criticize it because they are afraid of it. Or because they desire it even more. Furthermore, he said that his work speaks the language of life in the big cities: this similar feeling that you 
can find in London, New York, Berlin, Madrid, Paris and so on. For me, this life is defined both in being very poetic and having a big lack of poetry as well. So, let's read poems. A good place to start, here in London, is the Poetry Library. A library at lovely Southbank Centre. For poetry only.