LAILA SUMPTON at KSH on SATURDAY 9 JUNE at 4pm
On Saturday 9 June, at 4pm,
Laila Sumpton, one of the talented young Keats House London poets, will be
reading at the Keats-Shelley House here in Rome. The museum's normal entrance fee
applies, and refreshments will be served after the reading. Come along and give
Laila a very warm welcome to Rome,
as she reads a selection of her inspiring poems...
Laila`s poetry uses imagery and lyricism to tell stories about identity and human rights. She studied English literature at the University of St Andrews and is studying Human Rights at the University of London. She has worked with various NGOs using poetry and the arts to campaign for human rights and bring people together.
She is a member of the Keats House Poetry Forum, who perform at events in Keats House and Laila organises workshops at the annual Keats House Festival in London, as well as at festivals across the UK. She is putting together her first pamphlet and has been documenting the memories of war survivors in Bosnia. She has run poetry workshops for young people at museums including the London Transport Museum and her work is currently part of the "At Home with the World " exhibition at the Geffrye Museum in London.
"Keats House in London has been an inspirational place for me to work and perform at over the last two years and the following piece is about Browns` Parlour, a room in Keats House where the poet convalesced."
The windows blink at cooling cheeks
propped up and swirling the last dregs of ale.
Twilight bulbs stutter
as the filaments hum shanties.
The carpet only holds onto the little waves
made by the dragging gowns
which wash away your unsteady prints
towards that green chez lounge.
By morning only heel points
dimple the carpet
in awkward constellations
around your untouched soup.
Fog hangs down from the ceiling
like grey pillows with guts free falling
in coughs above your head.
If you continue to sleep in here
these walls will guard you from morning
leave you feeling embroidered.
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