I had been invited to read in the Artist's Panel of the Images of Identity conference in Zürich. For a title of my picture-poetry combination I chose "Images for the I".
The reading took place on Saturday, 31st January 2015 in the Aula of the University Zürich.
That means that I read in an aula where Winston Churchill once spoke to the European youth about the United States of Europe rising from the ashes of WWII ("Therefore I say to you let Europe arise"). So much for a historic place.
Not a bad place for my first reading of English-poems-only, wouldn't you agree?
Still on show today and tomorrow. Both parts of the Solo exhibition by Märta Mattsson and Tanel Veenre at 84GHz and Kunstgießerei München.
I am happy to collaborate in the part that is shown in the former beer cellar at Georgenstraße 84. To perceive that the communication between doves on rose quartz, seahorses and music in the air as well as poems on the walls goes beyond every single part reflecting on palindromes leaves me with a smile.
The opportunity to reflect on palindromes is a good one, not to be missed. Seriously. Think about how much that we perceive as opposed and completely different can also be perceived as your very precise Other, reflecting your ways just the same as you reflect that apparently oppositon.
I leave you with a few lines from my poem "Questions from both sides of the mark"
And then imagine a tale of the heart where your birth and death smile at each other in recognition
Would you see the similitude of the detail or the difference of the whole ?
My part is in English in case you wonder. And yes, all but one poem were written for the event. They are inspired by the thematic backdrop: palindromes. By the palindrome NEVER ODD OR EVEN that titles the exhibition and also and especially by some glimpses at photographic depictions of two of the splendid art-works we will see and which you can preconceive here.
I will show my poems and read them live and hopefully with not too much of a local or global accent ;)