Poem Brut at Rich Mix II : March 17th 2017 : 7pm - Free entry
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA 

An literary event celebrating of the visual, visceral, messy, handwritten and colourful in poetry with new unique commissions from writers exploring alternate ways of making literature. Each presentation will be different from the last, with readings, performances and talks alongside pop up exhibits, interactions, video poems and interactions. See videos and images from the first Poem Brut at Rich Mix event here.

Featuring new work from Chrissy Williams, Lavinia Singer, Matvei Yankelevich, Julia Rose Lewis, Julia Schuster, Olga Moskvina, Oliver Mayeux, Mischa Foster Poole, Ruhi Parmar Amin, Andre Bagoo, Saradha Soobrayen and more. 

The event will also be the launch of SJ Fowler's book Memoirs of a Hypocrit (o gandia) by Hesterglock Press. The event is free, doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. 

Works on the night :

Lavinia Singer - Sigils and Signatures An exploration of the use of sigils and signatures: as seals, to protect and make private; as signs, to mark and authenticate; and as symbols, to charge and conjure.

Oliver Mayeux - Hsett A xenolinguistic translation module, a dictionary, a voice. These tools provide the basis for the lexico-grammatical archaeology of a language, the remnants of which have been excavated from a future several hundred thousand lightyears ago. Who will understand, if not you?

Retracing Chagos-nica  Aleppo-nica and Guernica - Working as a Live Arts Activist, Saradha Soobrayen's 'Tracing Scrolls' are a product of her current tensions between writing, art and political action. The live mic unravelling process seeks to reveal, retrace and remake the scrolls in connection with the daily hypocrisy and fabricated news.

Julia LewisAlfalfa Darbepoetin Alfa What is lost when words are wasted between medicine and poetry?  This is a more specific formulation of the question Anne Carson uses as a refrain in Economy of the Unlost.  What is lost is who is lost is the patient.  My project focuses on how poetry can help the cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy find themselves inside the medical discourse and decisions being made.  Medical literature discusses the lines of chemotherapy given to a patient, each line consists of at least one chemotherapy drug and accompanying pre and post medications.  Each line of chemotherapy is selected by the medical oncologist with the same care that line of a poem is crafted and selected by a poet; the treatment history of a cancer patient is compatible to a poem written inside the body of the patient.  The work I will be presenting, ‘Alfalfa/ Darbepoetin Alfa’ is meant to incorporate the medical and the experiential into a prayer shared by the doctor and patient, to translate the body of the medicine into the body of the patient. 

Me or hay, needle or hay, need your hey, need you here nightmare, there that started the nightmare, startled to attack or defense or redefine the hierarchy within the herd, there is a herd of horses inside me if horses were wishes, if these horses were warmbloods, warm red blood cells inside deciduous us shedding cells fall down or off teeth, like leaves trees do ground blood to around, blood to teeth, meeting teeth to teeth to hay, teeth to hard, teeth to here, teeth to heal her one half of her anyway is a threefold increase in serum half-life blood being increased red blood cell levels.

Bios :

Lavinia Singer lives in London. Her poetry explores image-making and materiality, and has appeared in various magazines, journals and anthologies. She works as the poetry editorial assistant at Faber & Faber. 

Experimental language art and poetry by O Mayeux (http://4f4d.xyz/) has appeared in a number of journals; his debut collection, Artefacts (Post-Asemic Press 2018), is a computer-generated asemic cycle. 

Julia Rose Lewis is the author of Phenomenology of the Feral (Knives Forks and Spoons 2017), co-author of Strays (Haverthorn 2017), her short book How to Hypnotize a Lobster is forthcoming with Fathom.  

Ruhi Parmar Amin is a British-Indian artist, writer and chef. Born in London, she then spent 4 years in Paris achieving her BFA and honing in on her artistic practice. She has had her work exhibited in two gallery shows in Paris - ‘Starter Pets’ at Vitrine 65 in 2016 and ‘were speaking alone together’ at Galerie du Crous in 2017. Ruhi lives in Berlin and is the co-creator of the queer collective Slanted House.

Saradha Soobrayen is a Live Arts Activist writing across art forms. Born in London, she represented the Republic of Mauritius at the Southbank Centre’s Parnassus Poetry Festival. A recipient of the Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award and a Pacuare Reserve Residency, Costa Rica. She is developing ‘Sounds Like Root Shock’ a multidisciplinary poetic inquiry into the depopulation of the Chagos Archipelago and is the poet in ‘non’ residence on CHAGOS: Cultural Heritage Across Generations.