Ada Kaleh by Freddie Mason

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Ada Kaleh by Freddie Mason

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illustrations by Alice-Andrea Ewing

Submerged by the rising waters of the Danube after the construction of the Iron Gates Dam between former Yugoslavia and Romania in the early 1970s, the island of Ada Kaleh is no more.

This two-part poem, Ada Kaleh, anxiously unfolds and examines its own landscape of erasures and removals. It is a document of what floods in when you try to remember what you really need to, but can’t. Through collages of voice, persona and place, it is a poem that inhabits an eerie whimsy of amnesia and a violent compulsiveness of memory.

The particular collapses into the universal, the individual into the collective, and back again. Have we just been dumped by email? Or are we in bed with William Burroughs? Are we one of Tito’s town-planners? Or are we longing for some obscure reconciliation? ‘Hello you…’  

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"This is a book of experimental poetry in mustard yellow hardback and two tones of embossed title text, black and blue; Colourplan papers and a bellyband: in short, a beautiful object with printing qualities more often found in contemporary fine art books. I couldn’t find any other poems by the poet, but wanted to ..." Simon Pomery, Contemporary Small Press. Read the full review here.

"Through its two mysterious sections, Ada Kaleh keeps returning to what cannot be returned to: a shared history, the memory of which has been obliterated, the shape barely implied by shadows. In voices of catastrophe, calmness, longing, and frustration, this brilliant poem opens out onto the collective experiences of interference that take the place of what you really need to remember clearly but can’t. There are teeth, police cars and film crews. From East Finchley to rivers in Finland, fires in the middle of vegetables to plants in the desert at night." - Tomas Weber, poet

 

Freddie Mason lives in London and studied at the universities of Sussex and Cambridge. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art.

Alice-Andrea Ewing trained as a founder-sculptor working in the Italian Lost Wax method. She has exhibited around the UK and is currently based in East Anglia.