Today is the first ever International Dylan Thomas Day. The 14th May 1953 was the date his radio play ‘Under Milk Wood’ was read on stage at The Poetry Center in New York.
So on a sunny afternoon (for Art’s sake) I did a pub crawl around Fitzrovia – perhaps as Dylan would have done, despite the fact he found London “an insane city” that “filled him with terror.”
However at The Wheatsheaf pub he met his future wife Caitlin who listened to his “endless jabber” which included an outpouring of overwhelming affection & love toward her. He adored words & believed in his own genius. Dylan never did anything in small doses.
Dylan’s diction, his performances, his exuberance, his highly charged personality & his beloved Wales are deeply entrenched in his rich poetry. He is every word & every lyrical line of these rhythmic works. In each one of his poems we meet Dylan Thomas. Be introduced…