Writing for a New Audience

It has been a very thoughtful experience preparing two prose poems for an exhibition at St Helen’s World of Glass this week. Instead of looking at proofs and trying to write a short biography, I  have had a fruitful discussion about fonts with a graphic designer; framed and mounted two pieces of work and got to grips with attaching mirror plates to the frames.

Alice and the Wall
Alice and the Wall

A different lens was required on the work and I began to see a prose poem as a visual artifact instead of a piece of writing.  The work was accepted for an exhibition called ‘Reality Removed’ and will be on display until 28th April 2017.  The curator of the exhibition also told me that they had never accepted a piece of text for an exhibition before which made me reflect on the qualities of a prose poem and how it might lend itself to a visual audience. I have been writing about the importance of the frame when writing in this genre, and how all the margins acts as a way of containing the words. In some ways, this can mirror a painting or photograph, and the viewer/reader can experience the whole work at once, as a fragment of an imagined world, created by the poet/artist.

Floating glass
Floating glass

Reality Removed – Gallery One

‘Contemporary art collective exploring how we view the world when what we know has been removed and we are left with someone else’s version of their own reality’



Entrance to St Helen's World of Glass - bottle kiln
Entrance to St Helen’s World of Glass – bottle kiln






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2 thoughts on “Writing for a New Audience”

  1. Much intrigued by the notion of ‘poem as artefact’….and artefact in a context. The way the semiotics change. Poem on the underground; poem in the Tate; poem spraycanned on a bushelter. I’m still conflicted about what a prosepoem is, and how I would know if I was writing one. But this post has set me off in search of a book I’d forgotten. In fact (AmazonPrime) I just bought it: ‘Why fonts matter’. Keep on posting x

    1. Thanks for the comment John. I am also confused about prose poems and have written 58 of them! The only thing I have learnt is that you can spot one that is not working….
      Hope things are good with you!

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