Erato takes its title from the muse of lyric poetry. At the centre is an interrogation of the lyric as a vehicle to write the world, both the beauty and the horror. Drawing on documentary-style narratives of her life, combined with lyric reinventions, Rees-Jones asks questions about past, present and future, about the slippages of memory, all our errors and erasures, and the places we inhabit when processing trauma. It is a book full of flames and scars, landscape and animals, and at its heart the transformative music that runs beneath words, and the bodies we inhabit when we love.
Deryn appeared at our 2020 edition of VERVE at our Sunday headline event and also delivered a workshop! It was wonderful to have her with us and we hope to invite her back with the incredible Pavillion Press which she is editor soon!
Date: 28th June 2019
Extent: 72 pp