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Calm Carl

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Phoetry was inspired by the idea of showing you the moon that I saw in my real world, the moon that soothed, calmed and stopped my self-loathing, sad and anxious mind and allowed me to sleep.

A power so strong that I can bring it to mind when ‘She’ is not visible because of a poem I wrote when I was desperate for Her help called ‘Tranquility’.

Combining imagery and poetry isn’t new but at the time I thought of nothing else and spent hours every day for a week trying to create what was in my mind.

I can ‘hear’ poems I have come across when I see the connected image, proving to me that it does the job of putting the feelings and words into your mind with an emotional, pictorial reminder.

The concept is to accentuate poetry with imagery.

In my mind the rules/parameters are fluid but in the first instance I thought that it should be one photo for one poem in a static series with the poem embedded in the image because I am old and think that is how it should be done, like the one about the two wolves or the last tree, or the unknown soldier…then I remembered that it was 2021 and I should look forward and also be in the present so I will move the goalposts according to the poem.

Phoetry had parameters during that week, it must have:

One image taken by the poet that accentuated the poem’s inspiration or drive without leading the reader away from the words and their drive and inspirational qualities yet was…
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Release The Pressure

Release The Pressure is an on-going work-in-progress at this time. First produced as a scratch performance at the Battersea Arts Centre in 2018.

In this work Carl is charting an autobiographical journey through addiction and depression; exploring the negative impacts of societal values and individual choices...

Immense support has been kindly given by BAC, Sarah-Jane Miller, Ant Smith, Christine Adams, Laura Hewison, Jo Cooper, Conrad Murray, Sarah-Kate Michel & all those that came to the Scratch performance.

The future for the work is to perform it within the community and in relevant spaces where it will resonate with audiences.

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