Nights of Poor Sleep is a collaborative publication from poet Rachael Allen and artist Marie Jacotey. Published to coincide with Jacotey’s solo exhibition ‘Morning Defeats’ at Hannah Barry Gallery, the book is an extended series of responses and engagements between the two artists’ work, showing a critical and creative engagement between the interconnected forms and processes of painting and writing poetry.
Treating image and text with equal weight, and illustrating how one informs and builds upon the other, Nights of Poor Sleep plays with traditional formats and contexts of reading/viewing, offering a fascinating and illuminating insight into the work of two of the most exciting young female artists.
Published in a limited edition run, and beautifully designed by Traven T. Croves, the book continues and expands Test Centre’s engagement with interdisciplinary poetic practices and commitment to experimentation in poetry publishing.
Nights of Poor Sleep is supported by Arts Council England, as the first publication in Test Centre’s ACE-funded project exploring the interaction of poetry and visual art.
Published by Test Centre, 40 pgs, 28.5 × 22 cm, Softcover, 2017