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Poetry in a hybrid space

The Hall of Small Requests is part-found, part-formal; poetry in a hybrid space, working with surrealist methods to dictate a kind of form. These led to a physical collage, then a prose-poem made from found text, and then to a sestina.

I think there’s something about working in a hybrid space between digital/physical which might be interesting to explore further here, also working with formal patterns but using chance-led words to dictate key parts of the formal element. A kind of blurring between these boundaries.

The text of the poem is made from what I could decipher from the vertical strips torn from the book. It reads:

In the Hall of Small Requests, under a Latin motto,
a hatch in the stone archway surrenders small tickets
to a crowded group of acrobats. A deep pile
carpet muffles sound. I climb to an adjacent
corridor, tilted towards an iron memorial.
At the top it opens to the sky;
the most beautiful bookshop in London.

On another note, I’m really looking forward to volunteering as part of Creativity Works Summer Creative Wellbeing Challenge.

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Sarah-Jane is an educator at Hereford College of Arts and a postgraduate researcher at Birmingham City University. Her poetry can be read in various journals, including the Muddy River Poetry Review, the Wales Haiku Journal and Plum Tree Tavern, with further poetry due to be published by Black Bough Press.

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