Universally captivating, Sir John Soane’s Museum in London is a labyrinth of evocation and imagination. The result of a first ever poetic residency there, The House of Everything takes the reader on a personal and allusive trail through this labyrinth, opening up the museum’s spaces and collections through spellbinding word and image, and probing the impulse within all of us to make material our dreams and imaginings.
”We were delighted to have Robert Seatter as our first poet in residence at Sir John Soane's Museum. His work brilliantly captures the experience of exploring Soane's romantic and picturesque home with its complex layers of allusion and illusion, interpreting this famous place and its collections in new, surprising and emotive ways.“
Helen Dorey, Deputy Director and Inspectress, Sir John Soane's Museum
”This book builds itself into a series of collages, images intricately overlaid to illuminate one other. The poems move lightly, not just from room to room, but between the chambers of the heart, through shadowed spaces to jewelled windows to doors that might let in the rivers of the world.“
The Book of Snow. combines poem, artwork and design in a unique and compelling combination, tracing the arc of a love affair through the all-pervading metaphor of snow. Click on the box below to hear some poems...
”Poetry collections this focused and intricately assembled are rare – The Book of Snow reveals Seatter at his most lyrical and elegiac while also at his most honest and sharp.“
”This extraordinary book takes on the structure of crystals, in poems of love and evanescence, radiant light and wordfall into silence.“