Mario Petrucci - Amazonia

  • Espresso Library 210 East Road Cambridge, CB1 1BG United Kingdom

Can poetry help lead us to a more sustainable conception of ourselves? Be prepared to find out, as you immerse yourself in the sounds and colours of the Peruvian rainforest with poet Mario Petrucci and his short film, Amazonia.

Multi-award-winning poet, ecologist and Selwyn physicist, Mario Petrucci is renowned for his groundbreaking poetry projects and powerfully engaging books.  Shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award, he composed the Arvon-winning Heavy Water, a collection that became a rare bestseller for poetry and, more significantly, foreshadowed Fukushima. 

War, science and the environment deeply inform Petrucci’s work, themes that converge to full effect in Flowers of Sulphur,"an inspiriting, bracing book" that “displays the extraordinary variety of this poet: his scientific and political commitments, his sharply physical response to the world of the senses, his unsentimental embrace" (The Warwick Review). 

For this event, Petrucci reads an eco-conscious selection of those poems, and also screens the short poetry film Amazonia, commissioned by the Natural History Museum.  The mesmerising imagery and sounds of this unique film, recorded during a scientific expedition through the Peruvian rainforest, converse with Petrucci's stirring, evocative writing.  Both book and film convey piercing perspectives on Climate Change, and there will be ample opportunity to discuss them with the poet during the evening itself. 

This event is co-hosted by CB1 Poetry.

Tickets £5/4. On the door.