Traces of enrootment/belonging – a few words about searching for a universal value
(…) In the poetical world of London Manuscript, an individual can only be embedded/rooted in the Anglophone world if situated in the matrix of constant references to the European, Western heritage: thus a frequent use of iconic words such as: Nietzsche, Socrates, Siberia, postmodernism is in place. Even so, discovering one’s own self in such a world is a matter of one’s continuous endeavour to cognition and consolidation of his/her identity. To achieve this goal, a poetics of subtle sentimentalism and cliché is often employed. This kind of poetic imagery generates notions encoded in memory, and thus unblocks them in a situational context that is given to readers via the poetic situations, which evolve from detail and individuality to generalization and universalism. Yet, while we are familiarizing ourselves with scripts and illustrations of taming places/ideas/objects/history, we are witnessing the subject’s (cosmopolitan?) identity on the rise; the subject who is aware of his/her place and space where the Other (a newcomer from a Polish/different culture) and the culture that is foreign to him/her (though with its otherness and uniqueness) have a chance to meet. (…)
Dr Teresa Podemska – Abt
(PhD, Postgrad. BED/MEd c/w, MA)
The original title: Ślady zakorzenienia, czyli parę słów o tropieniu wartości uniwersalnych;
Ted Smith-Orr – poet, publisher, radio journalist, illustrator. In 1991, he joined the London based group Poets Anonymous. The publisher of a poetry series “Creative Energy Publications”. Together with Peter Evans, they run the radio programme devoted to poetry in London entitled The Poets Anonymous, Poetry Programme (www.croydonradio.com). On various occasions, he was invited to join a jury of different poetical contests in Great Britain.