Swim the Sea Inside

I spent time this week creating a poem-installation for the Waterweek 2019 Vital Water Exhibition at Gallery North in Hailsham.

The poem, called ‘Swim the Sea Inside’, collages found text from various watery sources (see the image [below] & list [bottom]), and is written onto a full-length mirror in permanent blue marker.

Source texts for ‘Swim the Sea Inside’

You can see the full poem, and the entire Vital Water Exhibition, from 1-31 March at Gallery North.


Meanwhile, here’s a sonnet I composed from the same found-text sources:

little ripples of static

pulsating together

inside your DNA

considered sacred

closer to peace

ritual shivers

break the current

each cell dissolves

the skeleton in

fractal relation

throbs your body

in great gulps

& swelling velocity of

quantum jazz

If you’d like to know more about the writing process, or you’re keen to try writing your own Vital Water poetry, come along to ‘Writing with Water: Embodied Writing Workshop’ on Wednesday 27th March, 10.30-12.30.


Found-text sources include: Living Water, Olof Alexandersson; Swims, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett; Waterlog, Roger Deakin; Messages from Water and the Universe, Masaru Emoto; The True Power of Water, Masaru Emoto; Goddesses of River, Sea and Moon, Alexi Francis; How To Read Water, Tristan Gooley; Living Water H2O, Mae-Wan Ho; To the River, Olivia Laing; sub rosa: The Book of Metaphysics, Francesca Lisette; Soulstorm, Clarice Lispector; Writing on Water, ed. David Rothenberg & Marta Ulvaeus. 

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