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54th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam
Rachel Long (UK)

Rachel Long (UK)

Poetry reading together with Farhad Showghi (Germany)
British poet Rachel Long's poems are so razor-sharp and witty that they stand out from the first line. Long is also founder of the Octavia Collective for Womxn of Colour (a 'community-minded' collective where women of color can safely (learn to) write poetry, a response to the lack of inclusivity within literature and the academy). She debuted two years ago with the impressive collection My darling from the lions. This collection was nominated for five different poetry awards and was named one of the 100 must-read books of 2021 by TIME.
 
This morning he told me 
I sleep with my mouth open
and my hands in my hair.
I say, What, like screaming? 
He says, No, like abandon. 

There is a vibrancy to her narrative poems that is extraordinary to find in a text; with dizzying precision, Long describes humorous, sensual and surreal scenes. Sometimes, as a reader, you recognize yourself in the candid, uncomfortable moments Long shares; sometimes, on the contrary, the scenes are alienating. ...

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British poet Rachel Long's poems are so razor-sharp and witty that they stand out from the first line. Long is also founder of the Octavia Collective for Womxn of Colour (a 'community-minded' collective where women of color can safely (learn to) write poetry, a response to the lack of inclusivity within literature and the academy). She debuted two years ago with the impressive collection My darling from the lions. This collection was nominated for five different poetry awards and was named one of the 100 must-read books of 2021 by TIME.
 
This morning he told me 
I sleep with my mouth open
and my hands in my hair.
I say, What, like screaming? 
He says, No, like abandon. 

There is a vibrancy to her narrative poems that is extraordinary to find in a text; with dizzying precision, Long describes humorous, sensual and surreal scenes. Sometimes, as a reader, you recognize yourself in the candid, uncomfortable moments Long shares; sometimes, on the contrary, the scenes are alienating. However, Long has a talent for making that alienation come across naturally nonetheless. The collection can be described as a coming-of-age story, in which the speaker survives a tumultuous childhood and adolescence only to find himself in the confusing maze called adulthood. Long creates relatable, human work that is sure to leave an impression long after she has once again traded the Rotterdam stage for her native London. 

Unfortunate circumstances prevented Rachel Long from making the trip to Rotterdam. Her reading will be in the shape of a video that was recorded this morning. During this hour you will also see Farhad Showghi (Germany) perform. 

Saturday 10, June
LantarenVenster 5
13:30 - 14:30 


Pricing

Dayticket Friday or Sunday € 22,50
Dayticket Saturday€ 29,50
Passe-partout € 50,00
Prices do not include service costs of €1.50 per ticket.

50% discounts for RotterdamPas, CJP-pas and Studentscard

Language and duration

Poets read in their own language, through projections you can read the translations to English and/or Dutch along with the performance

60 minutes

Festival poets

See also

Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Prins Bernhard cultuurfonds
Lira fonds
Partners
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère