Launch of An Ocean of Static

Friday 27 April, 7.30pm

The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

Free entry. RSVP essential.

Join Penned in the Margins at the British Library for the launch of J.R. Carpenter’s remarkable poetry debut, An Ocean of Static.

From the late 15th century, voyages were made into the North Atlantic in search of fish, the fabled Northwest Passage, and beyond into territories purely imaginary. Today, this vast expanse is crisscrossed with ocean and wind currents, wireless signals, seabirds, static and cargo ships. An Ocean of Static transforms the fragmented archive of the North Atlantic into an astonishing sea of new text. Maritime and code languages splinter and pulse across the page. Amid global currents of melting sea ice and changing ocean currents, J.R. Carpenter charts the elusive passages of women and animals, of indigenous people and migrants, of strange noises and phantom islands.

J.R. will read from her new book and appear in a discussion with poet and literary critic Peter Jaeger.

Supported by the Eccles Centre for American Studies.

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