Ghosts

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“…It is in oneself, in the other, in the other in oneself, they are always there, specter, even if they do not exist, even if they are no longer, even if they are not yet” (Jacques Derrida: Specters of Marx: 2006: 221).

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The Wapping Project Commission

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Delighted to have been asked for a creative response to the theme of ‘passage’ by the Wapping Project.  The Wapping Project was developed in 1984 by Women’s Playhouse Trust [WPT], an arts and education charity.  In September 2016, the Wapping Project Commissions was launched.  The work will be published on their website on Nov 1st and will be published as part of a limited edition publication in the summer of 2017.

My initial thoughts on ‘commissions’ and their drive to produce work is that, creativity [when under instruction and confined to a timeframe] produces a wave of new thought and a release of a new voice.  It offers the writer an opportunity to escape from their own way of writing [from the habitual space that writers at times return to] into a field where writing and words become new shapes in the writer’s vision, a new air is released.  It’s liberating.  Commissions provide the scaffolding to risks, to play, to experimentation, to step outside and back in again in the house of language.

Poetry in Collaboration

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The first drafts of my collaboration with poet Ana Seferovic…

 

Oyster rain       lustrous pour – shelling

 

on the window pane –

 

inside the room

 

it sounds as if a train is pulling

 

away & surging

 

(forward /onwards) into

 

this unrefined earth:

a nacreous landscape of water

falling

 

(on & through) the mottled air

 

like an old French mirror – like a hand

 

which has dug the field – like a tongue

 

which has lost a home – like a language

 

which has shaped its holes by absence

 

which has drifted like a wet feather

 

missing from the bird.

 

Home

is here                   but not quite here

 

it is not there       either

 

and yet                   was

 

once –                   irised

 

inscribed in layers of childhood

 

nostalgia                 or day dreams

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European Poetry Night

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Reading with Poet Ana Seferovic – contemporary poetry in collaboration for European Literature week on the 14th May at RichMix in Bethnal Green

Here’s the details on the Enemies Project website www.theenemiesproject.com/epn
The night is curated by Steven J Fowler
www.stevenjfowler.com

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Ways of Seeing

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‘Seeing comes before words’ – John Berger

Responding and interpreting abstract art is comparable to the way we read and respond to poetry.  The two art forms are very similar in that, both play with ideas and concepts which can be interpreted in a number of ways.  The meanings are sometimes not as liner, not as explicit.  The reader of both poetry and abstract art brings in their own interpretation and narrative. It is at this point that something exciting happens. My creative writing ‘taster’ workshop at Orleans Stables Gallery in Twickenham, began exploring the  relationship between abstract art and poetry.

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