Wednesday, 7 December 2016
firstly, thanks to all who came out to readings - in Tucson, AZ & Glasgow & London last week, bought zines and chapbooks, and hassled me for work or about in the most exciting ways.
the blog is underloved right now, but new poems will be appearing and there'll be a facelift if i can figure it, although first: a manuscript and the '£/€xtinctions' zine.
in the meanwhile, there's a little clip above recorded by Natalia of Many Studios in Glasgow, from a reading at the Outside-in, inside-Out Symposium in October. the video in the background is by Margaret Tait. thanks to the Oi-iO team for making a pretty incredible, complex week of hard work in thought, poetics and politics happen.
Holly Pester has put together the rather incredible Common Rest - an LP of collaborative lullabies, feminist worksongs to support various bodies, featuring a number of my favourite and new favourite poets and performers and musicians (including Vahni Capildeo, Verity Spott, Jenny Moore, Vera Rodriguez among others). its available from the Test Centre, on 12' and download, with a book of poems by Holly (http://testcentre.org.uk/product/common-rest/). it feels like the practice of putting work alongside and through each other, working together across art forms and caring labour, makes for important / affectively rewarding world-building, what we need right now.
Holly & I wrote and re-wrote a poem for two voices, spent sometime looping it, and making noises on instruments that are ever-familiar.
there's also a few poems from £/€xtinctions in the new Poetry Wales, which also features this ace editorial from Nia Davies. much thanks to Nia for commissioning. there's also been some poems in Zarf #4.
more to come and more readings - including amid our new co-ordinates in Leith/Edinburgh - into the new year...