Living Colour, 2020

In Feburary, I did a reading for LGBTQ+ History Month and I included this poem as part of my set. When I did it live, I only used the title screens but I wanted to upload a digital version here so rather than add an audio file (because who likes the sounds of their own voice in a recording, right?) I decided to add the text as slides.

I wrote this because we went to the Lee Kranser exhibition at the Barbican Gallery in the summer of 2019 and I really loved it. The carousel above is a little misleading because, as you’ll see if you read the whole thing, the actual slide deck doesn’t include the paintings. The pecha kucha itself is not about the paintings – it’s about my response to the paintings. Which isn’t quite my interpretation because Krasner is an abstract artist. The poems are quite abstract although, as I did with the exhibition, you might feel drawn to forming a loose, or maybe quite a fixed narrative or sense of voice. This is, in a very basic sense, what reading poetry is, I think. It’s spending some time with the words and letting your response form some kind of narrative or sense of voice as a way to understand or relate to the work.

A pecha kucha is a Japanese presentation style (pechakucha means “the sound of conversation”) but it has been stolen by poets (a bigger boy called Terence Hayes did it and ran away). I wanted to keep the format as keynote (iOS) or powerpoint (Windows) to remain true to the original form. You can access the files below. I’ve also included a PDF for those who don’t have access to the any presentation software but, if you can, read them in a slide format.

Read Living Colour, 2020 as a keynote presentation, a powerpoint presentation or just suffer through PDF.