Phonica:One | January 20th 2016
Phonica is a new Dublin-based poetry and music venture with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived, curated and hosted by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya Zdorovetska, it aims to provide an outlet for the exploration and presentation of new ideas, a space where practitioners from different artforms can converse, and an environment conducive to collaborative enterprise and improvisation.
It was a pleasure to read at the first iteration of Phonica, especially alongside such diverse and engaging performances.
I read from my novella The Terrible Dark, a project I started making notes toward three or four years ago. It’s the story of a set of twins, Ana and Adm, who believe themselves entrusted with overseeing the end of the world.
Part of the reading consisted of a very linear scene: we see Adm feel sexual longing toward his sister, a sensation that prompts a kind of emotive break.This break was represented by a section of ‘unrefined’ prose, essentially an earlier version of the novel that is part poem, part erasure – the way I would keep my fiction writing if I wasn’t obliged to cushion it with syntax, grammar etc. During the reading I dipped the pages in water, as well as the notebooks I’ve been keeping around characters, plot etc. This was an attempt to keep the content fluid, as all this work is still in revision.