Preview: Joel Auterson – Unremember

Belfast writer/poet/spoken word artist Joel Auterson launches his debut pamphlet, Unremember, from Bad Betty Press this month.

In the collection, “mountains, rivers and dirt are set in opposition to London’s bright spots as selves of various ages gather on the page. Auterson unpicks nostalgia and loneliness, illness and modern masculinity with the delicate hand of a heart surgeon. Beautifully sensitive poems alternate with Auterson’s show-stopping ‘clunks’ in a book that will stay in your head long after the reading is done.”

Currenty residing in London, Auterson is part of the Kid Glove collective, currently resident artists at the Roundhouse in Camden. He’s also part of the poetry boy-band Breakfast Dolphin, and part of the Hammer and Tongue Camden crew, as well as co-hosting Boomerang Club, a spoken word night in West London.

All the profits from the book will go to Fields of Life, a charity providing education, clean water and other essential items and tools for people in Uganda. The book launches at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on Thursday 4th January, 7.30pm, with support from Jason Ashford.

Below, we have an exclusive poem, Rucksack, from the collection, plus a look at Joel reading the title poem of the collection, recorded back in November for Process Productions.

Rucksack

Today I match pace with continents.
The drift of the world is soothing, still.
I don’t appear in the photos I take;
My feet remember where they were.

The drift of the world is soothing. Still,
There are places I keep pressed and pinned.
My feet remember where they were:
3AM. Heel-turn. Door-click.

There are places I keep pressed and pinned.
You wear a rucksack, when I next remember this.
3AM. Heel-turn. Door-click.
Sometimes the breeze has mountains in it.

You wear a rucksack. When I next remember this,
I don’t appear. In the photos I take,
Sometimes the breeze has mountains in it.
Today, I match pace with continents.

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