Oz Hardwick presents four prose-poems where a poetic archaeology excavates for meaning in spaces meant for display, where dioramas abound, while a poetic gaze retrieves meaning from objects representing the past in its defunct state. In these poems, one could easily ponder on the museumification of life as the preservation of death, and that too in material overabundance put on display. A poetic voice disrupts the frigid nature of such spaces, turning stillness into motion, and offering sense beyond purpose to elaborate arrangements, but not without necessary critique.
Dislocations: Five Prose Poems by Oz Hardwick
UK-based writer, photographer and occasional musician Oz Hardwick brings us five prose poems inspired by the theme of dislocation. These five pieces featured here reflect an inherent desire to transform or rather re-envision everyday life through the poetic craft. The five prose poems published here project the poet’s ability to revisit situations and infuse symbolic value into seemingly ordinary moments to retrieve the hidden profundity from the everyday. The quotidian appears not only as a conduit but also as a catalyst of literary expression, one that the poet explores with greater range by employing his distinctive prose poem style. Hardwick states that these five prose poems are from a “current work on the small dislocations which fissure the surface of everyday interactions.”