The Results Are In: DTD 2010
The look on Dylan Thomas’s face in the painting at the White Horse tavern seems one of mild shock and surprise.
Possibly surprise that all these years later a group of people would choose to spend an evening celebrating his now legendary statement, “I’ve had eighteen whiskeys. I think that’s the record.” However on Wednesday night, in the spirit of poetry and general revelry, Armchair/Shotgun and friends gathered beneath his painting and did just that. The goal: assembled company needed to drink a total of eighteen commemorative whiskeys. (For basic and frankly rather obvious health reasons we don’t recommend ever undertaking such a task alone.)
Thomas’s poems were read interspersed throughout the evening, with “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” kicking things off. (A lovely recording of that poem read by Thomas himself can be heard here.) We kept record of the drinks (see the picture to the right) as best we could, overcoming technical difficulties with the tallying technology such as forgetfulness and water being spilled on the notepad. A rousing rendition of “And Death Shall Have No Dominion” marked the downing of the eighteenth communal whiskey. At this point the poetry continued and so did the drinks, and Thomas continued to stare at us, a bit shocked, from the wall.
A big thanks to the folks who came out last night to help us celebrate and to our wonderful server at the White Horse tavern who made sure that we had a constant supply of water, as well as whiskey.
One last bit of fun – here is a link to a recording of a panel discussion from 1953 on poetry and film. The intro is a bit slow, but if you skip to Maya Deren speaking at around 18 minutes and listen from there, you get to hear Thomas at 26 minutes, (probably) drunk, responding and saying, as he always did, exactly what was on his mind.