Poetry: Five Bodies


Inspired by moments of unknowingness, invention and imagination, Five Bodies brings together some of the most outstanding British and international poets to share experiences of contemporary poetry.

The series welcomes unexpected ideas, experimental drifts and multiple voices following a long-standing tradition in poetry writing that melds perceiving, sensing, feeling and knowing as knowledge-making practices. Five Bodies asks how language invites communion with the sensorial, social, and political bodies and considers ways of relating to one another in the digital space.

With contributions by Nottingham-based poets, Sarah Jackson, Linda Kemp, Lila Matsumoto and Vicky Sparrow, along with new readings by Mirene Arsanios, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, J. R. Carpenter, Jesse Darling, Rowan Evans, James Goodwin, Johanna Hedva, Bhanu Kapil, Donika Kelly, Maureen M. Mclane, Sandeep Parmar, Nisha Ramayya, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Ariana Reines, Himali Singh Soin and Simone White.

Five Bodies is collaboratively developed with the Critical Poetics research group at Nottingham Trent University. Its sibling Five Bodies workshop expands on the work of one poet through creative-critical engagement, hybrid methodologies and experimental thinking.

Online. Free. This event will be livestreamed on Youtube.


6.30-7pm: Himali Singh Soin
7-7.20pm: Ariana Reines
7.20-7.40pm: Simone White
7.45pm-8.30pm: Dialogue

Chair: Sofia Lemos

About the event

Online. Free. Live Stream.
You can access this event through this webpage and on the Nottingham Contemporary YouTube channel.
There will be automated live captioning for this event.
A transcription will be available for download on this webpage afterwards.
We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.
A recording of the event will be available afterwards.
The duration of the event is two hours. A five-minute rest break is included.

Sofia Lemos is Curator – Public Programmes and Research at Nottingham Contemporary.

Ariana Reines is a poet, Obie-winning playwright, & performing artist from Salem, Massachusetts. Her books include A SAND BOOK (2020), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Prize, and she has created performances for Le Mouvement Biel/Bienne, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney. She has taught at Yale, NYU, Columbia, UC Berkeley, and many others, and used to perform and teach around the world. In March 2020 she founded INVISIBLE COLLEGE, a digital experiment in poetry, performance, and community.

Himali Singh Soin is a writer and artist based between London and Delhi. She uses metaphors from outer space and the natural environment to construct imaginary cosmologies of interferences, entanglements, deep voids, debris, delays, alienation, distance and intimacy. In doing this, she thinks through ecological loss, and the loss of home, seeking shelter somewhere in the radicality of love. Her speculations are performed in audio-visual, immersive environments.

Simone White is a poet and critic. She is the author of Dear Angel of Death, Of Being Dispersed, and House Envy of All the World and the chapbooks Unrest and Dolly. Her newest book, or, on being the other woman, is forthcoming in 2021 with Duke University Press. Her work has also appeared in publications including Art Forum, BOMB, e-flux journal, the Chicago Review, and the New York Times Book Review. White teaches in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania and on the faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

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