Conversations with Jasper: Spoken Word Artist Billy Pilgrim

Jasper Kerkau sits down and talks with spoken word poet Billy Pilgrim

A Forum for Divergent Literature


[Sudden Denouement is interested in all forms of poetic expression. Spoken word is one area in which we are trying to do outreach. I had an opportunity to do an interview with Billy Pilgrim who has a very distinct style of spoken work.

Jasper: I enjoyed your style of spoken work a great deal. I was very engaged by, not only the content, but also your production value. Give us some context about who you are and the evolution of your project.

Billy: Well, asking somebody who they are is a pretty deep question. So let’s start with the basics, we are a Norwich, UK, based duo. One spoken word poet, and one digital music producer. Interestingly we are second cousins, and we spent a lot of time listening to music and sharing ideas growing up. More recently as THK finished his degree in digital music, he was…

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Spoken Word Spotlight: I’m Afraid/Billy Pilgrim with The Heartsease Kid

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of spoken word poetry and that if I had a little more time (and a maybe a little more ovaries), I’d be out at Poetry Slams.  I was contacted today by Billy Pilgrim with The Heartsease Kid.  They are a Norwich based duo who combine spoken word poetry and digital music, which in their own words is an attempt to create a form that is accessible to a wider audience.  They just launched a WordPress site and you can check them out on YouTube and SoundCloud.  I kind of love what they are doing and it is my honor to introduce them to you.


You say my name


A prayer

A benediction

It is a revelation

As if I have never heard

My name before

Never known

Its cadence, its music

Its true meaning

Until this moment

You show me

That my name

The sound of it

On your breath

Has become

Etched on your soul

Carved on your heart

Has become the lines

On your palm

Is inked on your skin

In dye that only

Shines true

In moonlight

If I take your hand

If our lips meet

Will I taste the


You see in me

That I cannot see

In myself?

Will I finally taste

Honey and crisp apples

Instead of the

Salty taste of my tears?


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Spoken Word Spotlight: First Timer/Christine Ray

Today at the Go Dog Go Cafe

Go Dog Go Café


Welcome to Spoken Word Spotlight.  Every Wednesday, Christine brings a writer’s words to life.  This week she reads one of her own pieces, inspired by the Go Dog Go Cafe. Sit back, take a sip of coffee, close your eyes and enjoy.

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watching through plate glass windows

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Help! I need suggestions of Poetry or Prose to record for the Spoken Word Spotlight at the Go Dog Go Cafe

One of my favorite gigs is my weekly Spoken Word Spotlight for the Go Dog Go Cafe.  I have been recording a piece by a different writer every week.  If you have a piece you think would be suitable, please let me know in the comments below.  The atmosphere at the Go Dog Go is congenial and welcoming.


Image courtesy of the Women of the World Poetry Slam