Meteorite Lands on Wormwood Scrubs: the challenging work of Cornelia Parker

“An alien object from space, the meteorite, embodies the fear of the unknown, fear of the future.” Cornelia Parker is an installation artist and sculptor best known for destroying a shed in the name of art…However, I’m interested in her piece Meteorite Lands on Wormwood Scrubs which is part of the British Council’s Private Utopias … Continue reading Meteorite Lands on Wormwood Scrubs: the challenging work of Cornelia Parker

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

Subverting the Conservative Manifesto

New poetry from our subversive Poet-in-Res The below came in response to Yinka Shonibare’s piece, as I realised any kind of interpretation of art usually says more about the person interpreting than the actual piece of art! Hence the title…     Ekphrasis as self-portrait   Here they hover arms outstretched grasping for some of … Continue reading Subverting the Conservative Manifesto

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

Word and Image: exploring the interplay of poetry & art

Sometimes things just fall into your lap and you have to pay homage to the synchronicity. Last week, I was trawling Theresa May’s twitter feed for language to subvert. In doing so, I came across this gem – which speaks for itself – and tidily introduces this week’s theme: Word and Image. If I could … Continue reading Word and Image: exploring the interplay of poetry & art

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

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

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

School Of Gentle Protest // Week 4: Quiet Protest

    “It’s not always those who shout the loudest who get the prizes in life.” Says Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction UK the incredible shareholder activism charity. This week in the School of Gentle Protest we are looking at ‘Quiet Protest’ as a vital part of the activism toolkit, not to replace louder … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 4: Quiet Protest

Why We Need To Protest Gently

In an age of slacktivism & clicktivism, we need gentle protest more than ever The list of issues that need to be addressed in the world today is seemingly impossible. From large corporations exploiting workers to swell their profit margins or politicians instigating divisive and destructive policies, to the small, everyday acts of discrimination carried out … Continue reading Why We Need To Protest Gently