Museum Tales 2: Red from Black

Creative Future run creative writing courses at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery for marginalised writers. Dr Claudia Gould, the group facilitator, encourages participants to use Museum objects to inspire their work. Funded by the Arts Council England, these groups will be running again in spring 2015. If you’re interested in attending please contact Creative Future (01273 234780) for further information.

Creative Future run the creative writing workshops in partnership with Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

Red from Black by Amanda Geary

Iranian abba coat

The cloth square, hung on metal arms flung wide,
like scarecrows along the Caspian Sea
or hostages waiting for body search,
becomes something to wear: an abba coat
from a holy Iranian. Inside
this envelope, read Vitruvian Man,
his stories of desert trains of camels,
their baby-hair woven for swaddling bands,
or shrouds, stitched narrow strips, horizontal
passages moonlight-gilded through the black.
And, alongside, the second square, so-red
linen gauze, almost one-piece silhouette
fashion interpretation by Shirin models
are draped to show curves on catwalk
spotlit marches, the ‘boxy layered look’.
Here are two coats, then here is a woman
casting lots in the Brighton Museum,
fastening hooks/eyes of memory who,
on her knees, bleeding, reaches for the edge,
touches the hem, draws out a beginning.

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