The existential poetry of Chris Tutton is imbued with an uncommon sensitivity. In this, his eighth collection, familiar notions of love, loss, identity, communication, vulnerability, language and truth are exquisitely deconstructed, affectingly re-evaluated; laid bare and scrutinised with a philosopher's eye.
Published in 2023 by Avalanche Books ISBN: 9781874392200. 143 pages. Available internationally.
Disaster is only a handful of words away. And they are already being spoken.... An abused young boy craves the affection of his crusading mother,
who brutally rejects him in favour of cultivating the dependence of lonely and desperate strangers.
Acolytes who will, when promised emancipation from their suffering, cater to her every bizarre and catastrophic whim without question.
Poignant, harrowing and humorous, this poetic, bitter-sweet, dreamlike fable examines the corrosive pain of social isolation and emotional
vulnerability, the devastating fragility of devotion and the power of love to transport us to perfect, imperfect and dangerously unpredictable places.
AN AGE OF REMEMBRANCE
In the monastery of your arms rests a
lawn of braille where I garden sleep,
by the millhouse of your summer lips
and the breath of your slumber song,
beneath the open parasol of your kiss,
among downy-soft hatchling mornings
where we seeded ourselves meadows of
wilder flowers; you, musk mallow pink,
shimmering down to the river
in a cloud of wings.
Chris has performed his idiosyncratic blend of ravishing linguistic dexterity and intelligent humour throughout the UK to great acclaim, in venues as diverse as the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and St Peter's Church, Oundle. He has often been seen and heard on national television and radio and is a regular guest at many major literary festivals.
He has also held various residencies, most recently at Warminster and Chippenham libraries. One of Chris' residencies was cited by the BBC as being 'the perfect example of a successful collaboration between the BBC and the Library Service.'
Chris is a winner of The Sunday Times Interaction Community Theatre Award.