Lisa Fannen

Lisa Fannen has been writing, and sharing words both solo and in collaboration with musicians and soundmakers, in particular as part of a duo Claquer with Jer Reid. She’s also improvised with text, sound, movement and projected film. She launched a debut poetry collection, Faultline in November 2018 published by Active Distribution. More information about that and other projects is at lisafannen.uk. Lisa is also a bodyworker and community herbalist, and is involved with The Radical Herbalism and Radical Bodywork Networks to generate dialogue and information exchange about health as part of movement for social justice.

Photo: Liz Tainsh

Events

Plants, Politics and Power »

Poet and herbalist Lisa Fannen responds to the Old Chemist Shop

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop

Poem

Make no bones about it

Hollow flight stems, the flotsam
hooked in the wrack and grasses
all drying in the salt wind —
gannet’s keel, sheep’s vertebrae
jaw of a mountain hair

Listen

Brittle, bring it close, we lie with it within
bending, deep in the marrow, sponge
hydrating, renewing, reshaping itself
over and over as we tread, curve, carry
feel it in your bones

Listen

Swing
dance them
settle in

Listen

The long thin Japanese chopsticks
that pick and pass the remains
patella, pelvis, scapula, sternum —
placing them upright in the urn
dispelling the myth of ‘ashes’:
here, the cremulator that grinds
the dead to powder

Listen

The top rib that dances on the breath
the bottom that fans the bellows —
and below, the heavy plumb line
a wide anchoring keystone

Listen

Hammer, anvil, stirrup, cochlea —
the small, snail spiral of the inner ear
hear the call of the rag and boneman

Listen

Femur stacks in Cambodian killing fields
Skulls of the disappeared in Chilean desert

Listen

Arnhem Land bones in Canberra warehouse
Lakota bones in Colorado Museum

Listen

Listen

Listen

 

Lisa Fannen

From Faultline (Active Distribution, 2018)