TTD: Mario Petrucci

15th October 2014 19:00
Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE
Poet in the City and Archives for London have commissioned new poetry from seven leading UK poets to uncover the stories of London’s archives.

Humanity has sought to unravel the body's essential mystery for millennia, a fact that is far from lost on multi-award-winning poet and residency frontiersman Mario Petrucci. This poetry reading and talk highlights the inherent strangeness and beauty, even in pathology, of the astonishing vessel that bears us through life.

Delving into the Archives at the Royal College of Surgeons, Petrucci emerged with potent and poignant surgical poems dealing with such subjects as facial reconstruction in WWI, grave robbers and the near-surrealism of anatomical experiments. He depicts a moving and sometimes unexpected vision of surgery that never loses touch with its essential humanity.

The evening includes a revealing talk, from the College Archivist, regarding the extent and value of the archive holdings.

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