due Jan 2022
The State of Moving by Lucia Sellars. Reviews and Description below.
about the author
Lucia Sellars plays with text, fine art and moving image. Her writing has been published in poetry magazines and anthologies such as Utopia (Hesterglock Press) and Repeal the 8th (Sad Press). Her film work has been selected and screened in many Film Festivals around the world. You can see more of her work at www.luciasellars.org
Introduction to The State of Moving
The motion of poetry is like juggling. You pick a set of feelings and images,
then raise them into the air, into the randomness of infinity.
Then grab two realities and one ethereal substance.
- Lucia Sellars
As the blue planet rotates with a synchronised rhythm amongst the astral bodies of the Milky Way, and beyond; so, our hearts palpitate in a rhythmic configuration as we live in a world, that is – to live. That is to say, the action of movement from one step to the other, one second to an hour, is ´key´ in being, who we are and what exists. Newton´s Third Law of Motion states that “for every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction”.
Here, in terms of poetry, the art in itself as art can trigger a reaction in both the source and the receptor to the force. Were the source is the poet and the receptor the reader. The ´movement´ is not only experienced by the receptor but is also part of the creative process of transforming the poets´ imagination into tangible matter. We could say that movement is equivalent to ´a pathway´, a bridge, a tunnel, a river, a vein, that takes you from A to B.
Movement is a constant, just like energy constantly transforms itself and never dies. The illusion of stillness, and for things and beings to be at rest, it´s almost as a moment of reflection caught in the intervals of movement itself. For example, the spaces between the steps, the breaths, the thoughts, the drops of rain, of which we become aware of, and self-conscious about. The mountain may seem still, but its essence is the reflection of movement. Stillness is just movement at its slowest, a micro-movement, that nevertheless could produce a considerable large reaction or subsequent force.
Poetry moves emotion; emotions are the movement of feelings – to be moved…”
Words of Praise for The State of Moving
“Lucia Sellars’ poetry is full of strangenesses, both brittle and fluid. In this book, she has given us a subversive fairytale of the quotidian, an ontological menagerie on the move with errant moons. Here is time, suddenly, in dialogue with the line; there, the space between bread and breath. All in the corners of our asymmetries. The State of Moving is a place of immanence and immediacy, of the body and of language, in their various glittering possibilities and failures.”
- DATABLEED editors
“I have thrilled to the prose and poetry of Lucia Sellars since I first encountered it. Felt it fulfilled a thirst I didn’t know I had. Everything she writes seems in another mode of language that pulls and pushes me into wonder. Her poems and prose are like unique life forms that I encounter with delight. Ones that open my eyes and heart to the strangeness and humour of our humanity, mortality and everyday lives. Coupled with her paintings, as magical and direct as her words, this book is a treasure chest of ways to see the world afresh.”
- Dr Juliet Henderson