Magna Carta, Empire and Subversion

  The definition of the word ‘poet’ should really just be the word geek. In looking up the definition of subversion I found it’s original meaning to be: the undermining of the power and authority of an established system or institution.   Today, the word is commonly used as shorthand to describe art or acts … Continue reading Magna Carta, Empire and Subversion

‘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

Reading as Resistance, Dancing As Therapeutic Rebellion

Looking at the mesmeric poetry of Ocean Vuong & Kayo Chingonyi Last week, I had the privilege of attending a reading by Ocean Vuong and Kayo Chingonyi – two beautifully tender and adept poets. Before reading from his debut collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds, Ocean spoke a little about reading poetry as an act … Continue reading Reading as Resistance, Dancing As Therapeutic Rebellion

Hallelujah Money; A Psychedelic Journey Through Our Obsession with Money

Gorillaz new music video absolutely nails our materialistic society  Virtual superband Gorillaz have released a new album, Humanz. The first track off the album is ‘Hallelujah Money’ featuring Benjamin Clementine, it is an eery parody of our materialistic society. Watch the video below, what words would you use to describe how it made you feel? … Continue reading Hallelujah Money; A Psychedelic Journey Through Our Obsession with Money

The Witching Hour: On Radiohead’s Powerful Lyrics

Radiohead. Where to start? I have been listening to this band since early teenage-hood and have yet to tire of their magic. Beyond their musical prowess and ability to craft complicated yet catchy riffs and choruses – it is their lyricism that keeps me hooked. Thom Yorke’s lyrics are like weird fishes, slipping in and … Continue reading The Witching Hour: On Radiohead’s Powerful Lyrics

Music & Protest: A Playlist of Songs About Self-Determination & Freedom

Music is pretty much the beginning of everything for me – whether it’s writing a poem, getting out of bed or cooking a meal – it is my consistent catalyst. So a playlist felt like the only way to kick off this residency. ‘Hold Up Magna Carta’ is a collation of 15 songs that made … Continue reading Music & Protest: A Playlist of Songs About Self-Determination & Freedom

Asking our new Poet-in-Residence the questions that really matter

Discussing ideas around language, self-hood, the meaning of Magna Carta in the modern world, and more, Remi Graves, an ex-maths teacher turned drummer and poet, will be 1215.today’s digital Poet-in-Residence for the next 6 weeks   What was the first poem you had a real connection with?  Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘To A Tree’ struck a chord with … Continue reading Asking our new Poet-in-Residence the questions that really matter

Paid Digital Poetry Residency – Open for Applications!

1215.today, in collaboration with The Poetry School, want to identify a poet for a six-week digital residency with the 1215.today site to begin at the end of April, through May 2017. The chosen poet will receive £1,000. 1215.today commemorates 800 years of the Magna Carta in an online platform that gives young people a space … Continue reading Paid Digital Poetry Residency – Open for Applications!