Visceral: The Poetry of Blood (Special limited paperback edition)

RJ Arkhipov

£20.00

 

We are offering readers the opportunity to order copies of a limited paperback edition of Visceral: The Poetry of Blood, which is being released on the 14th June 2021 to coincide with the lifting of the blood-donor ban which prevents many gay and bisexual men across the United Kingdom from donating blood. These special editions will be signed by the author, RJ Arkhipov, and will include a bookplate-poem also signed by the author.

 

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In 2015, Welsh-Scottish poet RJ Arkhipov gained international acclaim when he penned a series of poems using his own blood as ink in protest at the blood-donor ban on men who have sex with men – a policy which has been in place in one form or another since the advent of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

 

Five years on, in the midst of a different pandemic, governments across the United Kingdom announced the discriminatory policy would finally be lifted. To commemorate the occasion, Zuleika has republished Arkhipov’s ‘blood poems’ in this new paperback edition with illustrations by French artist Fabien Ghernati and an afterword by the author reflecting on his journey.

 

Imagined as a living, breathing, pulsing body of work through which the poetry of blood courses, Visceral is an exploration of our life essence. With his constrained and concrete poems, Arkhipov invites the reader to pause and ponder the many meanings of blood through the lenses of abjection, ancestry, faith, intimacy, mortality, and stigma.

 

The diversity of the book’s thematic organs stands as testament to the omnipresent beat of blood in our languages and cultures. Arkhipov’s evocation of the LGBT experience, in particular, highlights the intersection of blood with sex, love, and shame in the LGBT+ community.

 

Additional Information
ISBN

9781838032487

Binding

Paperback

Trim Size

129 x 198 mm

Page No.

112

About the Author

Born in Wales. Reborn in Paris. RJ Arkhipov moved to the French capital at the age of eighteen to study French at the University of London Institute in Paris. Today, RJ Arkhipov lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

In 2015,  RJ Arkhipov gained international acclaim when he penned a series of poems using his own blood as ink in protest at the blood-donor ban on men who have sex with men – a policy which has been in place in one form or another since the advent of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

 

Long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize, Arkhipov’s erotic and tenebrous verse has reached into the realms of parliament and presidency, earning him requests to read at national legislatures and an invitation to the Elysée Palace to present a volume of his poetry to the library of the President of the French Republic.

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