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Disrupted Blue and other poems on Polaroid

Disrupted Blue and other poems on Polaroid

ByVik ShirleyPaul Hawkins

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These Polaroids were taken by my mother, who died unexpectedly at the age of 52 back in 2003. There is nothing written on them to indicate where they were taken. I have deduced that they are either from her travels around Europe or her time living in Canada, in the early 1970s. These snapshots (there were around 20 in total) got separated from a bag of family photos, perhaps as they had no people in them and were more focussed on the structural. Whatever the reason, they were put to one side. The family photos were later lost, whilst under my care, during a turbulent family time and a hedonistic period in my early 20s. So these cast-offs, of sorts, are all that remain. I recently came across them again in my belongings and started to think about texts that might work well with them. I thought about travel writing and novels about journeys etc. Then the lyrics of one of my mother's favourite albums, Joni Mitchell, Blue, sprang to mind, for multiple reasons, themes of travel, tragedy, love and loss being some of them. So I started to experiment with words used in the lyrics of the album, defamiliarising and disrupting these songs I know so well, to fit the unfamiliar places in the pictures, that, in some way, at this time, represent my mother. - Vik Shirley

Details

Publication Date
Apr 15, 2021
Language
English
ISBN
9781667161341
Category
Poetry
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Vik Shirley, Cover design or artwork by: Paul Hawkins, Cover design or artwork by: Joshua Rothes

Specifications

Pages
37
Binding
Case Wrap
Interior Color
Color
Dimensions
Digest (5.5 x 8.5 in / 140 x 216 mm)

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