Coast is Queer 2022 Workshop with Verity Spott: Poetic Grief in Crisis


Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Gardner Centre Road, Brighton, BN1 9RA
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_In memoriam

There is a ship in the desert. Who would say
that this can be, but there is a black rusty ship
sunk in the desert_
- Raúl Zurita

What poetry do we reach for in the midst of crisis? A poetics of comfort or of resistance perhaps? In this session we will read poems by Raul Zurita written in the wake of the Pinochet regime. These are poems of shared grief; poems that have been robbed of their sight and poems that speak of individuals who have been dehumanised and destroyed. They are also meditations of beauty. They are resistant in their continued song beyond all that has been taken. This session will consist of a group reading and an open discussion. All are welcome.

Verity Spott is the author of the books Gideon, Click Away Close Door Say, We Will Bury You, The Mutiny Aboard the RV Felicity, Prayers - Manifestos - Bravery, Poems of Sappho (in translation), Coronelles Set 1 and 70 Sonnets_. Verity's poems have been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, German and Greek. Verity plays cello in the improvised tune duo Benzo Fury and the free jazz trio In Threads. With Kat Addis Verity co runs the poetic segment of Hollingdean Wednesdays and teaches poetry with the Creative Writing Programme. They're also a proud care worker, and since 2006 has run the long running poetry, music and performance evening Horseplay. Verity co-edits the poetics magazine _Fatberg_.

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