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Sharon Mutch

October 10, 2009
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Took some time off mulling over the school-desk conundrum yesterday, to chat with another of the artists resident at the Bluecoat studios, Sharon Mutch about her work – and write some poems with her.  Sharon’s work is about the lack of control that a woman experiences in modern childbirth.  Her photography speaks of a distortion of physical truths, and a translation of the female form into cell-like structures – while also suggesting a fetus.

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I can’t find a good image of the exact work I am discussing online, unfortunately, but her website is here… HERE

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And here’s a couple of little poems we wrote… I am going to have to think of a good name for these little exquistite-corpse-style poems I am writing with people.  I love the technique I am developing – which is much to do with leading a conversation beforehand, and sort of summing up some general themes right before we go into the writing.  In these examples I like the tacit agreement that seems to have been made almost psychically, that the original subject matter is too grim, and that lighter moods should be let into the poems…

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A voice smeared between two panes of glass

sounds of machines and monitors

but no-one listened.  We organise our house with photos

on the fireplace, there stands a photograph

snapshots and memories of the holidays where we

walked on the prom forever, waves crashing beneath

the sound of the fair drifting.

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No voice, no choice, no dimension,

muffled by the procession of bodies.  My

teeth were clenched, fists were clenched,

body contorted with a sick pheglmy giggle, like

a hound laughing at the roadside

the rain splashing up at the rain

street lights peering into puddles.

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