It’s hard to appreciate Valentine’s Day, whether you’re in a relationship or not, no-one likes to feel forced to express themselves and that’s very cynical, I know! Having said that it is nice to be reminded of how important love is, love comes from everywhere, not just a partner and it’s important to remember that you are loved.
In the reading room in the ICA there is currently a collection of Adrian Henri memorabilia, a flash back to the Liverpool Scene and the poets who pioneered the movement. Henri was one of three Liverpudlian poets who wrote the anthology of poems, ‘The Mersey Sound’, which I haven’t read but I do intend too after visiting this exhibition.
‘First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and ’70s, offers a focussed look at Adrian Henri’s pioneering role in the ‘happenings movement’ in Britain, setting up the first ‘Event’ in 1962, through to enabling various collaborative events into the 1970s.’
So now that the official date is over, you might be able to enjoy this Galactic Lovepoem, written by Adrian Henri, Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!
Warm your feet at the sunset
Before we go to bed
Read your book by the light of Orion
With Sirius guarding your head
Then reach out and switch off the planets
We’ll watch them go out one by one
You kiss me and tell me you love me
By the light of the last setting sun
We’ll both be up early tomorrow
A new universe has begun.