My poetry engages with systems theory, cyborgism, chaos, queerness and joy. Recent poems have appeared in Datableed, para-text, Haverthorn, Magma and others. See my full publications list for more info.
I have a particular interest in collaborative practice, both with other poets and with those working in different disciplines. This has led to a longstanding collaboration with Cat Woodward. I’m also collaborating with other organisms, including worms, bacteria and fungi, as part of my compost poems project – scroll down for more about this new project.
Here you can see the various poetry projects that I’m working on at present.
compost poems [title tbc]
I’m currently working on a series of compost poems and artworks, using observation and interaction with three compost systems. I’m exploring compost as composition, as death (decay) and as life (methane) (which are also life (decay) and death (methane) respectively). I’m composting my old notebooks, news headlines, bodily traces and various wastes. See more of the compost poems project here.
forestwithinforest is a poetry ritual project.
Consisting of a sequence of poems using complex forest forms, forestwithinforest uses the structures of layers of vegetation, fertile edges around forest clearings, the dynamic relationship of companion species and parasites, and the complex interrelation of human and animal presences. Find out more about forestwithinforest here.
holon is a collection of poems in three parts: my middle name is…, weapon of the state, and total war.
I am in the process of refining and integrating these strands of work which take in post-humanist and systems theory; deep nature connection and living in proximity with animals and plants; human interfaces with natural and manmade systems; chaos, queerness, and joy.
Some of the poems from holon – including my long series, ‘the other body’ – have been published in twos and threes in poetry journals. See my recent publications here.
with Cat Woodward
I write collaborative poems with Cat Woodward and others. Cat and I recently published wetware, commissioned by Sidekick Books for their No, Robot, No! anthology in 2018. wetware took place as an epistolary exchange over email, developing a dialogue into a single, cyborg voice. This is a real-world bond played out in two places and no place, a quantum micro-politics, oozing & feminist. We ask, “what would lyric look like if Sappho’d been playing a theremin?” The joins, breaks, glitches are left for the reader to hear if she wants to.
Here you can read about our collaborative process.
Visit Cat’s website here.