Author Archives: Irina

About Irina

Philosophy graduate, literature enthusiast and lover of all things artsy, bluesy, jazzy and poetic.

birdsong vs. plastic bag // austere beauty for tortured souls // song lyric review

“Blackbird, don’t sing,” goes the refrain of Finland’s this year’s Eurovision song. While the singing of a blackbird is a common trope in poetry and song lyrics, symbolising ultimate beauty that soothes the soul, it is perfectly understandable why the … Continue reading

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from big cities to beach boulevards and small town basement bars // nomadism as a cure for existential anxiety

The topic of my Masters thesis is a feeling that is associated with existential anxiety and often in both psychology and philosophy considered an inevitable part of human life: not feeling at home in the world. I’ll skip elaborating on … Continue reading

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A North London Love Song

  i sought shelter here as a poor poet once a wealthy nook where hipster youth are stuck in ghettos beneath a posh veneer we had rowdy parties with live music and red wine drunkenness still visible on our faces several … Continue reading

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The Subtle Beauty of Domestic Aesthetics

Over the past few days I’ve enjoyed three works, of film, theatre and creative non-fiction respectively, all of which had one thing in common: a preoccupation with domestic objects. Following this unexpected conflux of images from various sources, the role of … Continue reading

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Poem: Swans

Swans (after Lawrence Durrell, kind of) when news headlines scream bloodbaths and terror threats when people grow fearful and cancel holiday plans when armed guards patrol every threshold when social media trends augur #WW3 the only thing left to do … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Metaphysical

My next performance will be at a reading inspired by Metaphysical Poetry next Friday, March 11th, at the Poetry Café in London’s Covent Garden. The event is organised by Anouche Sherman and features (alongside myself) Nicki Heinen, Tom Bland, Isabel del … Continue reading

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Mess is Holy // On Regrets Regarding Quitting Painting

My favourite part of any life stage is the one when I toss lots of stuff, give away bags of clothing to charities and recycling centres, take what I need in a couple of suitcases and go live somewhere else. … Continue reading

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