Welcome to Soundblast, the one-stop shop for CDs from some of the UK's best performance poets. We hope you enjoy browsing through the CDs on offer - do have a listen to the sample tracks.
Soundblast is the result of a dynamic collaboration between the Poetry Book Society and Apples & Snakes, the UK's leading performance poetry organsation, which has sourced and reviewed many of the CDs available here.
Aoife Mannix's CD of poetry marries a sensitive directness with the lilting soul call of an accordion.
'Only The Essentials' is the haphazard list of what the poet takes with her when she leaves her homeland of Ireland for London. "My mother's instructions to eat properly, all those gin rummy nights, all my courage". And finally, the poignancy of "all the scattered pieces of my heart that suddenly seem so utterly entirely essential".
It's impossible not to think of smoky bars and dark corners where whispers are shared when listening to Mannix's sultry and arresting poetry. Her confession "I am so afraid of how much I want you, if the words escape from me how can I ever put them back?" talks to the shy and lonely heart in all of us.
In 'How to be Happy', Mannix joyfully instructs us to "cartwheel naked across the room. Only drink to remember, celebrate chocolate, and don't walk when you can fly" and to "be as old as supernovas and as young as snow".
She says "Travel so you know what it is to come home". This aching truth is threaded through Mannix's poetry; enjoy her words and relish the homecoming.