Tuesday, 20 July 2010

New video of poem from What the Water Gave Me

Here is a new video of me reading 'What the Water Gave Me (VI)', from my new collection What the Water Gave Me – Poems after Frida Kahlo:

And here is Frida Kahlo's painting my poem is based on, the very surreal What the Water Gave Me or What I Saw in the Water:

The bathwater contains visionary glimpses from her life and art. There are six poems about this painting in my book, some describe it closely, but in this one I wanted to show her dramatic cremation, when the force of the furnace made her sit bolt upright and her hair caught fire in a halo around her head.


  1. what a lovely surprise to log into my blog and see you on my dashboard... pure beauty.

  2. Thank you Stefanie, my editor took this video and some others at the end of a long day.

  3. Sorry, Pascale! My comment was intended for this running posting of yours, not the previous one!
    A lapsus in Time!
    All the best

  4. When I listen to this it brings back the pleasure I had listening to you read the poems in Manchester.

  5. Thank you Angela, my editor took this in her garden. I'd just done a reading in Wales that day and was very tired for some reason but it seemed to go okay despite her cat trying to distract me by pouncing on my feet!