I am in the early stages of a collaboration with the ceramicist Joanne Ayre.
Initial ideas have been around < the island > – a theme I have been writing on and which interests Joanne too.
I’ve started to make some experiments by ‘translating’ the processes by which clay becomes a ceramic material (wedging, forming, firing, glazing, etc.) into a series of formal procedures for writing poetry. I am using various source texts from Umberto Eco’s The Island of the Day Before, Issue 38 of Cabinet Magazine and elsewhere.
The collaboration has been commissioned for the magazine Ceramic Review. I will document the process, or as much as I can of it, on this blog.
This is amazing. The island features prominently in the poetry and prose work of W. H. Auden. The comparison of moulding clay with composing poetry is an apt one.