Updated: Oct 27, 2021
Scott Thurston is a poet, mover and educator. He has published sixteen books and chapbooks of poetry, including three full-length collections with Shearsman: Hold (2006), Momentum (2008) and Internal Rhyme (2010). More recent work includes Phrases Towards A Kinepoetics (Contraband, 2020), We Must Betray Our Potential (The Red Ceilings, 2018), Draft Vicinity (Knives Forks and Spoons, 2018) and Poems for the Dance (Aquifer, 2017). Scott is founding co-editor of open access Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry and co-organized the long-running poetry reading series The Other Room in Manchester. Since 2004, he has been developing a poetics integrating dance and poetry which has seen him studying with dancers in Berlin and New York and collaborating with three dancers in the UK. Scott is Reader in English and Creative Writing at the University of Salford where he has taught since 2004. You can follow Scott on twitter @scott_thurston.
A note from the author: These poems are part of a sequence of eighty which I think of as a kind of choreography. Composed during the conditions of the pandemic, the scale of each dance/poem reflects the constrained use of space under these circumstances whilst also finding new opportunities for embodied creative discovery. I'm currently realising a number of these poems as performances which combine words and movement.