Drone is a long sequence of poems about the life and anxieties of an unmanned military drone. I’ve been working on it (and her) for around two years now, and as the sequence approaches completion I’m also developing a stage performance about this sad and difficult character.
The marvelous Rally & Broad were kind enough to host a development performance of the piece in their June show, streaming here for your fear and pleasure. I recommend listening with the lights off and with this flight simulator playing on mute:
Performance photo by Chris Scott, recording by Jhed Stewart. Poems and audio by me.
Poems, with links to published versions:
- The Drone Is At The Party, The Drone Is Not At The Party
- The Drone Gets a Cat
- The Drone’s Mother Told Her Always To Smile
- The Drone Watches a US Presidential Debate from a Travelodge off the M18 Near Doncaster
- The Drone Seeks Guidance from the Open Plan Office Etiquette Reminder
- The Drone Goes to a Multi-Disciplinary Art Exhibition about Drones
- The Drone Goes on Secondment to a Conservation Charity
- The Drone Considers Quitting Her Job
- The Drone Signs the Organ Registry
- The Drone Teaches Herself the Classic Country Song “Sam Hall”
- The Drone Wakes Up For Once Feeling Mostly OK