Jasmine Gardosi’s first foray into the printed word is an imaginative tour de force in which pain is both equated to other forms of suffering and pinned to the colour spectrum. In Hurtz, pain becomes visible like the weather, as conspicuous as clothing.
The poetic landscape that this simple premise opens up for her appears as a powerful torrent of varied verse forms and styles. We are carried along with them and it is an exhilarating ride. A single poem, performable, readable on the subject of sound, colour and individual pain both physical and emotional.
Hurtz is published by Verve Poetry Press.
Jasmine will read from her work, followed by a Q & A and book signing.
Jasmine Gardosi is a former Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist and BBC Slam finalist. A previous BBC Arts Young Creative and Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, she has appeared across BBC Radio and at Glastonbury Festival. Her work was featured globally by Standard Chartered for their International Women’s Day campaign, and through Button Poetry, after receiving an Honorable Mention for Outstanding International Entry in the 2018 Button Poetry Video Contest. A Ledbury Poetry Festival trustee, she runs West Midlands Poets’ Place (supported by Apples and Snakes) and other school and community workshops, CPD for teachers, and specialist sessions on LGBTQ issues. She also co-facilitates the Hippodrome Young Poets collective alongside Jacob Sam-La Rose.