Microcosmic

Branch of Pomegranate with Lanternfly and Cicada 1702-03, by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)
Branch of Pomegranate with Lanternfly and Cicada 1702-03, by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717). Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

‘Wild places can provoke our curiosity infinitely if we continually challenge ourselves to look deeper.’

In an ongoing collaboration, The Poetry Society and the Royal Collection Trust have commissioned poet Jen Hadfield to write a new piece for an event at The Queen’s Gallery on 26 May 2016, written in response to two current exhibitions: Scottish Artists 1750-1900 and Maria Merian’s Butterflies.

Jen performed the newly-commissioned piece, plus other poems of wonder and astonishment, inspired by her home in Shetland, at an event at The Queen’s Gallery on 26 May 2016, set against the backdrop of the two exhibitions. 

Hear Jen talk about and read her poem

 About the poet

Jen Hadfield

Jen Hadfield has published three collections of poetry. Her first, Almanacs, won an Eric Gregory Award, and her second, Nigh-No-Place, the 2008 T. S. Eliot Prize. She has family in Canada and England and lives in Shetland. Her third collection, Byssus, was published by Picador in 2014.