Sunday, July 19, 2009

24 hours on and I'm still high as Nelson's hat after my plinthathon in Trafalgar Square yesterday. I asked for messages and poem requests and they came by email, text, and facebook, from across the world. Great fun theming the hoard but even though I timed my 'script' l still didn't get through it all before they came to take me away...
Huge thanks to the 31 contributors whose words I used, hopefully not too gabbled or garbled, and apologies to the 5 who got squeezed out... you were there in spirit, prittsticked into my lagoon blue book.

Watching my hour on the webcam I squirmed at the fluffed words and faffy bits, but I think it shows I'm happy to be there... and there's pix on the plinth watch (page 2) that are close-up and hi-res enough to challenge my poetic claim to relish my wrinkles as tidemarks of mortality...


Best bits for me:
Smatterings of applause that showed I wasn't entirely inaudible, despite fire-engines, praying Christians, cheering open-top busses and general Londonny hubbub. Ecstatic reception of the gay wedding bus! Seeing my friends at the foot of the plinth. And, overwhelmingly, the extraordinariness of being there, high above the crowds and the fountains, allowed - no, REQUIRED - to blow my own trumpet to the world.

9 comments:

richard said...

Am I the first to post a comment? Never been first before! A huge well done to Crysse who was an absolute star performer, a wonderful mix of trepidation, humour, confidence, insecurity, danger(?), great poetry. who will ever be able to forget the person and the gear perched on Plinth Number Four! Richard (from Grange Writers)

Crysse said...

Hey, thanks for the support, Richard - & lovely to hear from you and Yes to all those ingredients you spotted in the mix!
There's a few comments on the webcam site (http://www.oneandother/participants/writer) & I've been more than delighted with all the feedback. I'm just about coming down now...

xx

Sarah Salway said...

I came here via Jo's Yellow Room, and thrilled to find you as I watched your plinth performance by chance on the internet and really enjoyed it. Congratulations - really something to be proud of.

Crysse said...

Thanks Sarah - random connections, as well as unexpected catch-ups, have been one of the joys of the project. I've had a look round your website & it's well impressive!
xc

Crysse said...

oops, got the link wrong above, missed the dot-co-dot-uk.
Here is comes again:
http://www.oneandother.co.uk/participants/writer

Alan Summers said...

I've put the webcode in to make it clickable straight through! ;-)

Please do check Crysse's archive recording of her performance, you won't regret it! ;-)

Crysse: Crysse’s Fourth Plinth webpage

After you have enjoyed Crysse, make a cup of tea, and then leave me an "important word" at:
Alan’s Fourth Plinth webpage

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Crysse said...

Hi Alan, hope you get lots of 'important words' and have a great time - your link above works fine but where's the one you set up for me supposed to go? xx

Alan Summers said...

Very strange. ;-)

Here is, I hope the correct weblink! ;-)

Check Crysse out! ;-)
Crysse’s Fourth Plinth archived performance
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Crysse said...

Thanks Alan. And to everyone who's said it sticks at the start, I know! Move the thingy at the bottom along a little bit, and it's fine. xx