What we doThe Recovery Poems

At what point do we fall into each other’s arms and dance again loosening our shadow?

How do we commemorate what’s been lost as we start to take tentative steps to coming out of lockdown? What do we want to hold onto and grow? What positive changes can we make to society and the natural environment as we recover from the pandemic? Through talking and listening to communities, artists Robert Montgomery and Deanna Rodger have created an inspiring light poem that will visit public spaces as a backdrop for workshops, performances and reflections. This piece is already booking very fast! Get in touch to learn about availability.

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“This collaborative poem began with a conversation between strangers. Robert and I, not knowing each other before, conversed specifically and candidly about where we are at now (family, work, sense of home) and where we have come from; our family history, and upbringing. This lent a consideration to our writing of 'what happens next?' How we hold this global experience, what we root it in and how we make sense of it to retell it. I hope strangers meet the Recovery poem and are encouraged by it to write and share
their stories of this time”

Deanna Rodger, poet and spoken word artist
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Produced by Emergency Exit Arts with Deanna Rodger and Robert Montgomery

Funding, commissioning and partner credits

Recovery Poem is a partnership project between Without Walls, Emergency Exit Arts, 101 Outdoor Arts, Robert Montgomery, Deanna Rodger, Thatcham Town Council