Book Launch: Vahni Capildeo’s Skin Can Hold

  • Date:
  • Time: 18.30-20.00
  • Location: School of English Foyer

The Poetry Centre invites you to the launch of Vahni Capildeo’s latest book of poems, Skin Can Hold (Carcanet, 2019).

Vahni Capildeo, author of Measures of Expatriation (Forward Prize, 2016), returns with a third Carcanet volume, Skin Can Hold. The collection marks an adventurous departure for a pen-and-paper poet. These texts are the fruit of collaborative experiments in theatre, dance and other performance, drawing on burlesque and mime as well as Capildeo’s fascination with Caribbean masquerade. The poems are astir with voices and bodies usually kept ‘between the lines’ of poetry: a weeping poltergeist disrupting the decorum of a lyric; polyglot workmen along an ivory-towercity road. Novels are turned inside out to become dramas of sleaze and surveillance.

The event will take place in the Foyer of the School of English on Cavendish Road and will include a reading.

All welcome. Admission free.