Poetry from the newly released Notebook in Hand, a posthumous collection of poems by John Rety. Music from City Ramblers Revival, featuring Hylda Sims, Simon Prager and Doc Stenson.
John Rety – writer, editor and publisher, chess player, anarchist and pacifist – was best known in the literary world for his contributions to poetry, having established the long-running and much loved Torriano Meeting House poetry readings, as well as Hearing Eye Press. His own poetry is both simple and complex, tender, funny poignant and companionable, it is also edgy, acerbic, troubled and disappointed. Notebook in Hand presents tender lyrics and trenchant political meditations, some of which may surprise his readers, but will certainly delight.
‘His poetry always exhibits a lightness, even when dealing with dark gravities, and a clarity where he never lost touch with the serious business of living.’ – Stephen Watts