"Is there a way to behave in a ruin? B. and I are both in the art business, or on its edgelands. We know the drill. We snapped inconsistencies – a fenced-off post box with its label, FINAL COLLECTION, a tumbled ‘sculpture’ of concrete and wire. We picked up papers from the rubble and turned them like archeologists, like fortune tellers: what happened here, and could it clue us in on the future? We read the graffiti that taggers repeated floor after floor just to show
(Did it mean ‘shut’ or ‘near’?)
Across the top of two of the buildings, in the same giant hand:
HERE and NOW
And, on the side of a walkway that crossed Heygate Street,
I'm reading at the Vanguard series on 17th June (tomorrow). It's free & you get Nicci Cloke, Paul Ebbs, Martin Malone, David Ogunmuyiwa, and James Wood too but probably not Monica Vitti... please come anyway.
I'll be talking to with Hanne Ørstavik, author of The Blue Room (Peirene Press), and her translator, Deborah Dawkin, about mothers, daughters, sex and submission, on 14th of June. It's one of Peirene's Salon series, so there will also be food, wine, and good company. Please come! Tickets available here.