creating nature poetry

I am in I am out

March 27, 2019

Revisiting some older works at the moment, perhaps because slowing down here has given time for introspection. This piece holds a lot of significance for me because it marked a huge shift in my creative output. I wrote and performed it in 2008/9, then published it in early 2010 in a handstitched pamphlet called Prophecy: conversations with my Self (you can download it for free from the Herstory section of my website at sophiemckeand.com). Prior to this I’d been performing a lot of shouty/funny political poems which were good crowd-pleasers but my interior landscape was rapidly changing – I’d say El Niño had visited and nothing could be the same. Reflecting this in my art felt a terrifying prospect because I didn’t know how it would be received – how I would be received. It was difficult at first because I kept getting booked for gigs and they’d expect me to wheel out the old favorite, Armchair Anarchy, and instead I’d do this, so that people were like 🤔. But I’m glad I found the courage to step away from who I was, and write who I am, instead of what people want because it means I can keep creating instead of disappearing down a hole. Anyway I recorded a version of this eight years ago with a wonderful woman called Rachel Lloyd on vocals and thanks to @sightseers for sorting the production. Listen to it on Soundcloud here:

https://soundcloud.com/sophie-mckeand/i


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