‘Empirical’, the twelfth and final poem in the ‘Pages of an Autumn Journal’ sequence, has now been posted at www.autumnjournal.eu. This poem concludes the series, and 2016 too:
When one door closes, another one opens
Many rooms have only one door
‘Pages of an Autumn Journal’ is a sequence of poems written between October and December 2016. The poems offer the perspective of a British narrator based in Brussels, and her/his political, personal and professional experiences during that period. In this engagement with matters public and private during a season of turbulent events, they have a precedent in Louis Macneice’s Autumn Journal of 1938.
The poems are now being published one year later at www.autumnjournal.eu, between October and December 2017, following the timeline of their composition. In this way, they allow the reader to experience how the experiences described in the poems unfolded, as well as finally offering a record, through one poetic interpretation, of their specific period and place in history.
The Citizens of Everywhere project, from the Centre for New & International Writing at the University of Liverpool, has published a blog piece by M E Grey, including three poems examining different ways that political or bureaucratic power can be discussed, and challenged or valued, in poetry.
The Citizens of Everywhere project is commissioning writers, artists, scientists, academics, cultural organisers and more to write for the Guardian and the Conversation. Their blog also provides a home for writers tackling issues related to citizenship, belonging and borders in the aftermath of Theresa May’s ‘citizens of nowhere’ speech in October 2016. Content ranges from reflections on the borderless nature of plastic waste, to work on the linguistics of politics that is ripe for rediscovery.