Today I’m delighted to return to poetry for today’s stop on the blog tour for Take Me to the Edge by Katya Boirand.
FIVE WORDS IS ALL IT TAKES TO PROVOKE A CHAIN OF CREATION.
That is what Katya Boirand discovered the first time she asked a friend for five words and then turned them into a poem, using the words and the subject as her inspiration. This spark started a movement, and soon Katya was asking friends and strangers alike for their five words of choice.
Take Me to the Edge is a selection of these poems, sitting alongside a portrait of each subject, in this stunning and joyous celebration of language, connection and art.
The more poetry I read the more I love it. There are so many different ways to be creative with it and with Take Me to the Edge Katya Boirand is taking an exciting and inspiring approach. A idea awakened by rediscovered words in her travel diaries, Katya decided to begin the project of ‘Poetry by Me, Inspired by You’. The premise being to take five words given by ‘inspirers’ – these are people from all over the world who have touched Katya’s life in some way – from which she then creates a poem from. Each poem is then beautifully displayed in the book alongside a photograph illustrating the giver of words and ‘the poetic world’.
The photographs have been taken by Swedish photographer, Eli Sverlander. They alone are absolutely stunning and when you sit them alongside Katya’s beautiful poetry a kind of magic happens. It brings a whole new dimension to reading poetry. The photographs show you a glimmer of the person who gifted the five words and this along with the poem made me wonder about them and their lives. This tiny snapshot of their lives was incredibly inspiring.
Poetry is such an exciting art form, as is photography. Each has the ability to tell a story just as complex and deep as the greatest tome of literature. By combining both mediums in Take Me to the Edge, Katya and Eli have created a fascinating collection. I loved dipping in and out of this book. At the end there is a section on the subjects and their chosen five words and this adds a little extra insight into the creation. Read the poems through first and then once again after discovering more about the people behind them. See if you then read the poems differently.
I really enjoyed the poems themselves. They are quick shots of energy, each one stanza long but each creating powerful images like tiny starbursts within your mind. My personal favourites were those inspired by Ian Cameron and Hazel Thompson. This book will make a wonderful addition to any bookshelf but I shall definitely be adding a copy to the School Library – it will be a great source of inspiration for our students in not only reading poetry but also creating their own.
Hopefully this will be the first of many collections from Katya. She invites readers to submit their own five words to her via Instagram and it would be lovely to see more of these books including more subjects of all ages and backgrounds. There is so much beauty in life and this is a wonderful way to capture it.
Thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.
Take Me to the Edge is published by Unbound on May 16th 2019.
About the author
Katya Boirand is an actress, dancer, writer and poet. She has travelled the world but now has roots in London. Take Me to the Edge is her first poetry collection.
You can follow Katya on Instagram at @poetrybymeinspiredbyyou
You can follow Katya on Twitter at @Katyahazel