The Bone Ship: Poetry and Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 from 19:00 to 20:30 (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Poet in the City and Archives for London present a special event exploring poetry from within the archives at the Royal College of Surgeons. This event is part of Through the Door, unique collaborative project which has placed leading UK poets into London Archives; commissioning brand new poetry and celebrating the wealth of stories and heritage which these fascinating archives have to offer.
Humanity has sought to unravel the body's essential mystery for millennia, a fact that is far from lost on multi-award-winning poet and residency frontiersman Mario Petrucci. This poetry reading and talk highlights the inherent strangeness and beauty, even in pathology, of the astonishing vessel that bears us through life.
Delving into the Archives at the Royal College of Surgeons, Petrucci emerged with potent and poignant surgical poems dealing with such subjects as facial reconstruction in WWI, grave robbers and the near-surrealism of anatomical experiments. He depicts a moving and sometimes unexpected vision of surgery that never loses touch with its essential humanity.
The evening includes a revealing talk, from the College Archivist, regarding the extent and value of the archive holdings.
“Petrucci has a snappy metaphor for every body part… a brilliant strangeness.” Poetry London
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