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Poetic Response to Outsider Artist - Auerbach's 'Reclining Head' / 26 September 2012

 Pallant House Gallery will be hosting a few Outsider Art Exhibitions over the autumn months this year. I became involved with Pallant through their Step Up Programme, which trained marginalised artists to be workshop leaders, and was very happy to be asked to provide poetic responses to several well known - and some lesser known - outsider artists, as part of an audio trail for one of their exhibitions. I went into the studio on September 17th to record these poems for the audio trail.

Response to Auerbach’s ‘Reclining Head’

The dreaming bones
Drags the flesh
And steps on flowers

The heart is in there
Blistering truth
With every breathe
And every smile
A lie

What is it in the human
Gene that does this?

the ‘do not activate’
That twists the soul
In on itself
And unravels  
The genotype
Of a broken soul


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