Saturday, 18 May 2019

#BlogTour Take Me to the Edge by Katya Boirand


Today it is my turn on the BlogTour Take Me to the Edge by Katya Boirand. Photographs by Eli Sverlander. It's poetry with a visual element with the added variable of chaos. I love the idea of someone else being inspired by the words of another person. A limited number of words - five words to be exact.
'If you would like a poem of your own written, please don't hesitate in submitting your five words via Instagram to @poetrybymeinspiredbyyou and you may be featured in the next book.' - Katya Boirand 2018

About the Author
Katya Boirand is an actress, dancer, writer and poet. She has travelled the world but now has roots in London. Take Me to the Edge is her first poetry collection.


About the book
That is what Katya Boirand discovered the first time she asked a friend for five words and then turned them into a poem, using the words and the subject as her inspiration. This spark started a movement, and soon Katya was asking friends and strangers alike for their five words of choice. Take Me to the Edge is a selection of these poems, sitting alongside a portrait of each subject, in this stunning and joyous celebration of language, connection and art.


Review
I love the idea of someone else being inspired by the words of another person. A limited number of words - five words to be exact. Then those five words are absorbed into the creativity of the poet to become something more.

I wonder if Boirand tries to channel what those words mean to the person who said them in the first place. Does the inspiration take on concrete form as she interacts with them, looks straight into their eyes and hears them. Or is the inspiration taken purely from the power of the words.

It made me wonder which words I would pick. Would I choose random ones that fall from mind to tongue or would I dig deep for words that have meaning to myself. I am genuinely interested in the creative process and end result.

I highly recommend buying a physical hardback copy of this book. It is incredibly beautiful, a work of art. The combination of words by Boirand and pictures by Sverlander equals oral, written and visual art working hand in hand to create singular pieces of stimulating artistry.

As I was reading this book and taking in the entirety of it, I wished the author had added the five words each person had chosen. What did she start with and how the author went from five to more. Luckily Boirand has done exactly that. The subjects, their words and a little bit about themselves is included in the last few pages. It's a really lovely way to bring the book full circle.

I loved this expressive, bold and unpredictable expression of art. It's poetry with a visual element and the added variable of chaos.

Buy Take Me to the Edge at Amazon UkPublisher: Unbound; pub date 16 May 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

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