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At first light

At first light

In the indigo

we leave together

to a duel at first light

 

the day breaks and

we part, you become

my opposite

 

each step

I take away from you

I am divided

 

and our heavy strides

puncture

the earth

 

beneath us

feet drawing

lines of power

 

a mist rises

we choke on memories

of ancient sunlight

 

liberated, the artist

at the edge of the field

observes and makes a sign

 

then suddenly a skylark

and we feel

unknowable forces

 

tipping

the balance

towards obliteration

 

this is the moment

to turn and take aim

and our eyes lift

 

with the heart

ascending on wings and a song

we could still…

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The Element in the Room

The Element in the Room

The Element in the Room

Date:

2013

Artist/s:

Matt Harvey

Chloe Uden

Website:

artandenergy.org

Themes:

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Project Description

The Element in the Room – a book of poems inspired by energy, renewable energy in particular and a book of pictures inspired by poems about renewable energy.

This project was one of the first of Chloe Uden’s Art and Energy projects at Regen.

Matt Harvey is Regen’s poet in residence.  Writer, poet, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, Matt’s way with words has taken him from Totnes to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships via Saturday Live, the Edinburgh Festival and the Work section of the Guardian. 

As part of Matt’s residence at Regen, he has written The Element in the Room – a book of poems inspired by energy, renewable energy in particular and a book of pictures inspired by poems about renewable energy. Among them there’s a sonnet, a country and western song and a prose poem called The Not-for-Prophit. You get the picture. None is intended as a last word, they are offered for your pleasure and interest and to provoke discussion.

The illustrations are by a range of talented artists, to be specific: Heidi Ball, Laura Cochon, Tori Dee, Chloë Uden, Josie Ashe, Naomi  Ziewe Palmer and More than Minutes.

Matt has performed the material developed in this residency for hundreds of people at literary festivals and events across the UK and the poems have appeared in resurgence magazine, local papers and in the sustainable energy trade press!

This book was produced with support from The Centre for Business and Climate Solutions at Exeter University and was published September 2013.

Buy a copy online from Amazon for £5

Download a free e-copy!

See Matt Live! Matt Harvey performs regularly at festivals across the UK

Quote

“I’d like to go renewable, so my streets are less canoeable.” Matt Harvey