Utopian: A poem by Alicia Ostriker

“beneath the city they have buried certain words which can never be spoken again” On days where I get no human email correspondences, I can rely on poets.org’s Poem A Day to provide me with inspiration and entertainment (sign up to their mailing list here). This poem, Utopian, was emailed round on April 22nd 2016  ( … Continue reading Utopian: A poem by Alicia Ostriker

Lincoln-based artists – reclaim your space!

The spaceREC revolution continues…  Are you a Lincoln-based creative struggling to find affordable places to work in? Do you yearn for a yurt where you can write?* Are you pining for a place in which to paint? Or are you just fed up of having to channel the muse in your grandma’s shed? If you are … Continue reading Lincoln-based artists – reclaim your space!

Janelle Monae’s Afrofuturistic Queen: A playful song with powerful message

“Cheesy as it sounds, I remember dancing to this video with my sisters, feeling hopeful for the future” For all the playfulness of Janelle Monae’s Queen video ‘The booty don’t lie” (hahahaa) it concretely envisions a  more positive future for African American culture in the States. The opening speech of this video is a clear … Continue reading Janelle Monae’s Afrofuturistic Queen: A playful song with powerful message

Tender, Powerful & Poignant: Robert Montgomery’s visual poetry

This contemporary artist is best known for his billboard style, one line poems, which he displays in public spaces. Beyond the tenderness of his one liners, the deliberate way his work is positioned outside of normal ‘gallery spaces’ means that people take must take a moment when they encounter his work, whether they were expecting … Continue reading Tender, Powerful & Poignant: Robert Montgomery’s visual poetry

This Visual Poetry Is Made From A Very Surprising Text

Simplicity is underrated. The art that I find most engaging is usually the result of a simple idea, well executed and buoyed up by imagination. Jörg Piringer is one such artist. A jack of all trades, I’m mostly interested in his visual poetry and the way it conveys meaning despite language being obscured. His piece … Continue reading This Visual Poetry Is Made From A Very Surprising Text

‘We float through the smog’; new poetry from our Poet-in-Residence

Each week I’ll share writings that have come out of reading and thinking about my chosen topics. See three snippets this week’s of writing below   Untitled We float through the smog looking for roots to tether to hardness like lamposts and nationalism fly towards our foreheads in slow motion we are forever ducking and … Continue reading ‘We float through the smog’; new poetry from our Poet-in-Residence

1215.today’s Cartoons

Alice Skinner, a young cartoonist with an impressive fanbase online, reacts to the weekly hot topics 19th June 2017 Having tried to pull America entirely out of the Paris agreement and tearing apart any of the USA’s environmental policies, it looks like Trump gleefully sailing America into an ominous future.  12th June 2017 It looks … Continue reading 1215.today’s Cartoons