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 lyric speaker of this song wishes to hear none of it. It is a common … More birdsong vs. plastic bag // austere beauty for tortured souls // song lyric review

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 the theories behind that feeling here because I’ve been writing about it all summer and … More from big cities to beach boulevards and small town basement bars // nomadism as a cure for existential anxiety

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 domestic imagery and paraphernalia, both as theatrical setting and as part of one’s everyday life, … More The Subtle Beauty of Domestic Aesthetics

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 is walk to the river where swans float by and viciously war over breadcrumbs is … More Poem: Swans

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 Rio, Anthony Howell, Cameron Uzoka, Stephen Watts, Ziba Karbassi, Michael Wyndham, George MacBeth and Woldek … More Let’s Get Metaphysical

A Poem: ‘Rewrite (For Leonora Carrington)’

Rewrite For Leonora Carrington Come over for dinner, sit at my table– it’s a few years late, I know, but come over dead, what little remains of your flesh hanging from yellowing bones. I’ve always found the dead better company than the living. Madness is welcome in this house, too; madness abounds in this house, … More A Poem: ‘Rewrite (For Leonora Carrington)’