Our new Poetry School 1215.today digital poet-in-residence Remi Graves has had an amazingly productive first week, posting six (!) articles, including playlists and poems. Here’s a taster of what she’s been up to:
“What was the first poem you had a real connection with?
“Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘To A Tree’ struck a chord with me when I first read it at 17 – no wonder I connected with it then, she wrote it at 16! It is a simple plea for transcendence and community expressed through the speaker’s wish to connect to the peaceful tree outside her window. Only now in answering this question have I realised that her poem influenced the first poem I wrote, which uses snowfall as a metaphor for life and death….”
“‘Hold Up Magna Carta’ is a collation of 15 songs that made me stop and think about constructs of power and the struggle for self determination and freedom at a time where governments are trying to strip us of so many essential freedoms…”
“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 out of meaning, changing hue depending on the light you shine on them…”
“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…”
“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 of resistance, particularly in today’s social and political climate….”
“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…”