It’s a little surreal to be entering our autumn publishing period once again, it doesn’t feel that we were here that long ago! It’s also National Poetry Day, with a theme of ‘why I choose poetry’. Well, we chose poets’ because their voices are unbound, and can settle into any corner of interest and bring it new life and recognition.So today is fitting for the release of his finger have left the second body of published work by one of the UK’s most successful modern poets, Deanna Rodger.
his fingers have left is a collection of work completed with the support of the Kevin Eylot Award given by University of Bristol Theatre Collection. It follows a very distinct format, to honour the emphasis Elyot placed on style and form, all five poems:
– Must be written from the perspective of an inanimate object
– Must be written in a poetic form.
– Must be on the theme of sex.
Kevin Elyot was a gay playwright, and a University of Bristol alumnus (Drama Department) who went on to achieve great success through his ground-breaking plays, adaptations and other work.
Born Kevin Lee in Birmingham in 1951, he was educated at King Edward School, and then studied Drama at the University of Bristol, graduating in 1973. He wrote from an early age, but following graduation from Bristol he first found modest success with acting and had a successful career, as shown by the number and variety of roles he played, evidenced in his archive. (Read more here)
As well as five new poems, the book is interspersed with an interview with Eylot’s peer and artistic director Ian Rickson, a section for the reader to learn new technics based on Deanna’s instructions on form and original illustrations from Joanna Layla.
‘Deft, questioning, playful and forthright, a vital resource for 21st Century live poets’Joelle Taylor
Deanna Rodger is a leading poet in the UK. Most recently, her reimagined version of ‘If’ was read by Serena Williams. She has been welcomed to perform and facilitate workshops all across the world incl. Mexico, Sudan, and Beirut, and has been commissioned by institutions such as; FIFA, St Paul’s Cathedral, Young Vic, and BBC. She is a former UK Slam Poetry champion and represented the UK for poetry at the International Biennale, Rome 2011. She designs and delivers educational programs, and tutors at the School of Communication Arts and is a founding member of Keats House Poetry Forum and Chill Pill. I Did It Too, a collection of performance poetry celebrating a decade of work, came out in 2017 (Burning Eye Books). Theatre commissions include Now We Are Here (Young Vic Dir. Ian Rickson), and Sing Before You Speak Again (Young Vic).
Her Arts Council funded program Poetry Facilitation Training is in development with an accompanying exploration of Why Poetry Facilitation is important.
Follow her on social media @deannarodger for more information.