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One Four Seven

Published by www.johnbevis.com
DVD in case. 2010, £10.95
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One Four Seven is a DVD of John Bevis performing readings of seventeen of his poems, recorded in the studio and on location, and produced by Christopher Cunniff and Helina Ivask. Two of these include graphic animation by Christopher Cunniff. The readings include a selection from Some Alternatives to Flock, From Furnace to Paradise… and back, and The Economies, as well as unpublished work. The play list includes Poem Written in Pencil | The Only Paint | Jaded | Entrepreneur | One Four Seven | Bat | Questions of Faith | Cactus | Manykhot | The Wedding Harpist | Professional Liability | Playground Chant | Attribution | How to Write a Poem | Who Put the Pomp | Power Down | Walthamstow

The following samples are edits taken from One Four Seven, identical to the DVD tracks but in a low-resolution format for posting on YouTube. Other videos will be posted from time to time on YouTube, and may be found on www.youtube.com/johnbevis.

One Four Seven (Jimmy White track)

Jimmy White, “the Whirlwind,” in 1992 became the second player to score a maximum snooker break of one hundred and forty seven points live on TV. One four seven is also the number of syllables in the spoken text. Performed by John Bevis. Graphics and production by Christopher Cunniff. From the DVD “One Four Seven.”

Questions of Faith

Elegy in an urban churchyard. Written and performed by John Bevis. Produced by Christopher Cunniff and Helina Ivask. From the DVD “One Four Seven.”

Walthamstow

Walthamstow being the name of the poem, not the location. South London habitues may recognise ‘Chaplin’s Corner,’ in The Three Stags, Kennington. Written and performed by John Bevis. Produced by Christopher Cunniff and Helina Ivask. From the DVD “One Four Seven.”

Playground Chant (Bono, Eno and Yoko Ono)

Following the style of playground rhymes, blending word play and absurdity, often with a streak of cruelty. You can always tell which boys are going to be picked on. Written and performed by John Bevis. Produced by Christopher Cunniff and Helina Ivask. From the DVD “One Four Seven.”

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