It's said that people turn to poetry in times of crisis and jubilation and ignoring the cynical use of the medium for advertising purposes we're inclinded to agree. Both reading and writing poetry is often a very personal experience and so when Formation frontman Will Ritson offered to share some of his work with us we were as humbled as we were excited. Filmed as a tryptic set of shots directed wholly by the band on their mobile phones, each episode of Poems For The City features a very honest and personal poem from Will, building a portrait of the alienation, racial identification and city life that shaped his experiences of growing up in London.
As a poet Will is much inspired by the work of Selima Hill, Gil Scott-Heron and Thomas Transtrommer, displaying a lyrical blend of surreality, sweetness and straight up provocation.
In his own words… "I understand Poetry best as explained by Simon Armitage; as a form of dissent. As the owner of a DIY publishing company (biot books) I can tell you that poetry is not made for profit and it refuses to play by any one rules! From the printer to the publisher to the reader, it is not based on outward expectations, but rather unchained expression."
Check out more from DIY publishers, Biot Books, here: www.biotbooks.co.uk