So, like many a poet before me, I’ve had my fair share of existential crises, and write about them often to try and dispel them. They’re sticky things, and they keep crawling back up like a fish discovering its legs for the first time.
Recently, I sent one of these existentialist writings to the inimitable Matt Foster, at Creative People, who, of course, had his own perspective on the thing. Matt has worked with many creatives before, and has done some very exciting and innovative work with his organisation, Creative People. You can find details of his, and Creative People’s, work here: http://www.creative-people.org.uk/
We discussed the narrative, the themes, the meaning. It’s funny how, sometimes, other people can show you different perspectives on the things you’ve written, and it makes you realise all the different angles from which you could read a story or a poem or watch a film or look at a painting or hear music. You realise that, if you just look through your own eyes, you only see one thread of the world. And the world is a whole patchwork quilt of perspectives! And that’s what this little poem, my own private existential crisis, became; a way to open up perspectives.
Last Sunday, we recorded the poem ready for our residency at the Conversation Space with Jelly. Jelly are a super-exciting arts organisation in Reading, doing some really awesome and exciting things. You can find information on Jelly and their work here: http://jelly.org.uk/
So, our residency will involve taking my little poem to the Conversation Space, and then using it as one of many perspectives of the artists and musicians involved. It’s a way for us all to explore and share our own little patch of the world, help to expand each other’s views and solidify our own existence as artists and creators. We’ll be showcasing our stories and art work and music on Saturday 10th October, with listening stations, an exhibition, some sculptures and performances of the poem itself, and some other Spoken Word poetry. It’ll be a chance for visitors to see a range of different perspectives, experience stories and music and art work that have all sorts of layers, and all sorts of meanings. The stories are child friendly, but have plenty for adults to consider as well. The showcase will run for four hours, between 11am and 3pm on the Saturday, and the public are welcome to dip in and out as they wish, experiencing our perspectives and giving us their own.
(At the recording studio, recording the final draft of the poem, ready for the other artists to add their perspectives)