Archive for the 'Poetry' Category

Sat 18th May Dalston Ballet Vout o Reenees Aldgate London 8pm

May 13, 2019

Vout -O-Reenees is a wonderful member’s club, in the tradition and style of an old fashioned Soho drinking den. Hosted by founder Sophie Parkin, Dalston Ballet has been employed as its resident performance art company.

To celebrate 5 year anniversary they are throwing a party for the members only at which Dalston Ballet will be performing.

If you cant make that then: Sataurday 25th of May, Dalston Ballet will be performing at Rio Cinema as part of ‘At home with the Ludskis.’ Tickets and more info >

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Canal – A novella in verse – by Gar O’Dwyer – Part 1

November 9, 2018

C a n a l

A novella in verse

by Gar O’Dwyer

Part 1


Chapter 1


In the toilet the struggle with

the limescale build-up

had taken on geological proportions

driving me right round, right round

right round the fucking u-bend.

Calcification creeping excrescence

voices from the radio pervade the kitchen.

News. The neverendum borders, Brexit, Trump

and other disasters.


The Professor, Professor Sniffy Booboo too you,

a pedigree Welshie, a terrier of distinction,

in between monitoring my food handling activities

would repeatedly drop, then retrieves in her teeth

a tennis ball, at the feet of her adopted homo-sapien

Me. Hi. I’m Tom by the way.

No Don’t.


The ominous sound of the ball’s percussive bounce,

demanding and threatening all at once.

Not now Sniffy – I tell her, as I make my coffee.

The Professor continues to stare at the dirty grey ball,

with an alarming focus.

I change radio stations, from news and reviews, re-tuning

to one playing music. You can choose.

The professor continues to stare at the dull grey sphere.


I seek out my phone, the dog lead…

and with play a no go, Prof. Sniffy Booboo, slopes off with a mild whimper,

as I collect pooh bags, coffee cup and …

Sniffy pitter-patters back with a soft toy, a plush little penguin.

‘That’s not yours Professor Sniffy Boo-boo.

I wrestle the toy pouch away from her beardy snout;

distract her with a crumb of bread,

and place snooty safely on top of the cupboard,

I like to call it an Armoire.

Sniffy gives a low level bark between a fleet of whimpers.

My phone rings.

It’s mum, I tell Sniffy.

I continue a search for shoes.

Hi… Yes…Ok mum… come by tomorrow.

I pick up my baseball cap,

Tomorrow night.

Professor Sniffy Booboo follows me…


to be continued…

For the reader? Spoken word? Performance art? Can a poem be all three? #DalsonBallet

August 11, 2018


house of o’dwyer for Dalston Ballet



Crouch down

bent double

over the counter


blunt force trauma

fill the empty interior

shut me up


shut me down

manage the beast

stop the hysteria


work for the tongue

roughly speaking

worship and adore


under the weather

come in my eye

post traumatic stress disorder


let me go

out patient

I can suck at it myself


taste the meat

feel the heat

down I come


enjoy the ache

Medicate me

choke on me



i don’t need anyone

the taste of it


he’s back, for more

I can’t take all of it

split in two


brain on the floor

rub my face in it

fight me for it


ride me home

teach me what

my mouth is for





live performance / spoken word / live art with Dalston Ballet & Gar de Da

August 10, 2018


What ever happened to baby Gar?


Queen Adelaide Tarot by Dalston Ballet

at Transhuman express

performing with dalston ballet:

LR, Gar de Da, Daria and Vit



F. writing quotes A – Z #WilliamFaulkner ‘Perhaps they were right putting love into…

June 28, 2018


… books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.’


– William Faulkner





Tuesday 19th June 8pm Join Dalston Ballet Co. at Biddle Bros. Clapton London 8pm for ‘Naked Folk’

June 16, 2018


Is ‘may day mayday’ #flashfiction , v short story or old fashioned poem #mayday #wip #garodwyer #writing

June 6, 2018

may day may day


I saved a bee from drowning

On the paving stones, vintage

reproduction slabs, I had

just been brushing with water.

I slid some plastic, notes on plant care

underneath and extracted it from death

I could feel its buzz, through the plastic

a gentle engine

I placed it in a rose bush and soon dry again

the little fluffy thing flew off.

The humanity of the bee, struggling, working,

fluffy with a sting, industrious, unthinking

mining flowers, beauty unaware,

the humanity of the bee

gentle engine

stung me.



from    A Year in Hackney Wick   by    Gar O’Dwyer


art /film project seeks editor /artist to deal with this >

March 31, 2018

Dalston Ballet

Art Music Performance Dance Live

with Visiting Artists

Alvin Jedus – Tasmine A – Spindel H – Yumi H – Alice H

Rckay Rax – Manon A – Sadiq Ali – Qila Foufou

contact gar @ houseofodwyer . com to show interest


Art and Life, still and moving, words and images…

February 3, 2017


In the studio at night i draw

and paint with pens,

small works on paper.

Work must be done.

Fairy lights and naked bulbs

charm in the dark.

It calms one.

The book is closed.

Lights out, doors locked and on to the cold street.

The wind whips by, past the Lion, across the busy road,

under the railway arch, along the bike path

and through the graveyard

and peace

The bus stop. 253

6 minutes.

Pity the passengers.

It claims one





(from the fruit and veg series)


by the house of o’dwyer

16 x 21 cm unframed



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‘Le Cage Aux Fight’ with #WanderingStar sung by #YumiHara Could it be a No1 #Hit ? Very latest from @DalstonBallet

January 19, 2017




Dalston Ballet Visiting Associate Artists / Performers:

Lee, Kam, Alvin, Thom, Malik and Ludo.


Music and Voice:

Yumi Hara


Words / Art direction:

house of o’dwyer


Concept, costume, content:

Dalston Ballet


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