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London’s New Guard: GRETA BELLAMACINA

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Jun 11, 2015

With two published volumes and a third on its way and collaborations with iconic British brands like Vivienne Westwood, Greta Bllamacina is read for the next big thing: an artist’s residency at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.

BEGINNINGS: “I’ve always written poetry, but it wasn’t really until I had my first editing job a few years ago for a collection entitled Nature’s Jewels that I fully appreciated its power. Selecting and translating poems from the 16th century through to the 21st century gave me a true understanding of this ancient art.”

CURRENT PROJECTS: “I recently edited Contemporary British Love Poetry published by Faber & Faber. It was amazing to publish poetry written over the last 80 years, including poets like Alice Oswald, Wendy Cope and Dane Weatherman. I am currently co-writing a collection of poems entitled Points for Time in the Sky with text artist and poet Robert Montgomery.”

RAISON D’ETRE: “I love poetry for its honesty, intimacy and freedom. I don’t think I ever aspired to become a poet as such, but it seems to be an art form that speaks most clearly to me. Poetry is for the everyman, the mother, the farmer, the train driver. It speaks out in so many different ways to people, and the Internet has made it more accessible. Poetry is still a huge part of pop culture and provides meaning and reason in a variety of new disguises.”

Credits

  • Photographed in London by Hollie Fernando.