Ben Graham presents Midsummer Poetry Ball

ImagellAbout Gary Goodman

In addition to being one of Sussex’s best-loved performing poets, Worthing-based Gary Goodman is an internationally exhibited painter and visual artist. His work has been shown at the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal College of Art, and recent exhibitions include Everything is Everything (London Centre for Psychotherapy, 2011) and Dogs and Eyes and Feathers and Bones (Monkey Cage Gallery, Ramsgate, April 2012). As a poet he has been published in Poetry South-East, Poetry Life, Java Monkey Poets and Sussex Poetry, and has read in London, Norway and the US. Acclaimed for his honesty and integrity by the likes of Billy Childish, he was recently the subject of the Empire State documentary Dark Night, Bright Day.



Who needs to be sober
when the whole world’s drunk?
there was a beautiful girl haunting the bar
she had the whitest skin
some would say like plasterImage
or a ghost
she had white hair too
and was wearing a white dress

her lips were bright red however
but the thing that made her most alluring
was a blemish near to her mouth
like she’d picked a spot

don’t ever let anybody tell you that
beauty is perfection