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Civil Dispute, Uncivil Tongue
there’s an energy inside us, buried deep
which, once awake, is hard to quell or curb
it isn’t minded to go back to sleep
a nerve’s been touched that lay long undisturbed
though neutral, with no ideology
it grows between what’s said and what is heard
triggered by immigrant technology
a yawning gap, abysmal and absurd
like all raw energy it can transmute:
enthuse, freeze, argue, burn with fierce intensity
turn smiles to growls, debate into dispute
in defence of hearth, home and identity
it’s power is visceral, it’s fight or flight
and always generates more heat than light
About The Project
The Element in the Room is a book of poems inspired by renewable energy in particular – and a book of pictures inspired by
poems about renewable energy.
Some poems were prompted by reflections on the elements,
some from talking with people working in the field, others from
renewable technologies themselves – the look of them, their
potential, people’s responses to them. Some are playful, cheeky,
pithy, others more lyrical and solemn, some are just plain daft.
Among them there’s a sonnet, a country and western song and a
prose poem called The Not-for-Prophit. You get the picture. None
is intended as a ‘last word’, they are offered for your pleasure and
interest and to provoke discussion.
The illustrations are by a range of talented artists, to be specific:
Heidi Ball, Laura Cochón, Tori Dee, Chloë Uden, Josie Ashe, Naomi Ziewe Palmer and More than Minutes.
‘The Element in the Room’ is a collaboration with Regen South West.