I went to the second Don Paterson talk at St Anne's this week, on Silence and Noise, which concentrated on the sound of poems - 'The whole page is a sign to the reader that a poem is won from silence...The silence seems to stand for a very early time before the acquisition of language - this place of infinite connection still exists - poetry is one means by which we can still access it.'
'The medium is failure - words fail us continually.'
'Spontaneous thoughts are often the most stupid we have.'
There is Brown noise (dull, obvious); White noise (also dull but because it's incomprehensible) and Pink noise - 'an ideal balance of predictable regularity and surprise' - to demonstrate Pink noise he cited Emily Dickinson's poem, 'I started early - Took my dog'.
My notes become rather muddled and incomprehensible at points so I won't inflict more of them on you....
Welcome to The Woodstock Bookshop
The shop opened in May 2008 and is on the main road in Woodstock, just next to the bus stop. We can supply most books to order by the next day and have several thousand books in stock: to order books ring or email the shop. We have a large selection of children's books and are happy to advise and recommend. We can also supply second-hand and out-of-print titles. We offer discounts for school orders and for book clubs and have a free local delivery service.
We were on the regional shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009, 2013 and 2017, and listed in the Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.
Two monthly book groups take place at the bookshop - a poetry group, initially formed to read collections submitted for the annual T S Eliot Prize and now following a slightly wider brief; and a book group focusing more on fiction. Both are open to everyone but occasionally space is limited - please contact us for details.
We hold a series of informal talks and readings throughout the year. If you buy any book at the talk the cost of the ticket will be deducted. Please ring or email to book a place - early booking advisable.
WOODSTOCK POETRY FESTIVAL
The bookshop started and runs Woodstock Poetry Festival, a completely independent festival that has now been running for 8 years.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.