Since 2015, The Poetry Society and the Royal Collection Trust have worked together to commission new poems from contemporary poets written in response to exhibitions showing in The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. In each case, the poet premiers the work at a very special evening event and exhibition private view at The Queen’s Gallery.
The poets who have been commissioned so far are:
Jamie McKendrick, who performed at ‘Capriccio of the Lagoon’ at The Queen’s Gallery on 29 June 2017, and read his new poem written in response to the exhibition Canaletto & the Art of Venice.
Jen Hadfield, who performed her new poem ‘The Lantern Fly’ at Microcosmic on 26 May 2016, with a backdrop of the exhibitions Scottish Artists 1750-1900 and Maria Merian’s Butterflies.
Alice Oswald, whose new poem ‘Shadow’ was written as a response to Paradise Lost, and after the exhibition Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden. A filmpoem was made of ‘Shadow‘, and there are limited edition, hand-folded prints of the poem available from The Poetry Society shop.
Kei Miller, who performed his new poem ‘Place Name: Oracabessa’ at In the Realms of Gold, in response to exhibitions Cairo to Constantinople and Gold. You can hear a recording of Kei performing the poem on our website.