Antosh Wojcik

Antosh Wojcik is a poet, performer, writer and facilitator. He is a resident artist at the Roundhouse and is a member of London-based poetry collectives, Kid Glove and Burn After Reading. He was joint champion of the Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2013. He has performed at many events around the UK, including TEDx East End 2015 and festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude and Bestival, as well as internationally at Sofia Poetics 2015. Antosh was part of The Last Poets' Speak Up Newcomer Tour 2015, in which he was commissioned together with three other poets to write and perform a collaborative piece responding to 'This Is Madness.' He leads writing workshops in schools and other contexts for all ages. His debut stage show How to Keep Time received critical acclaim at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018.

Photo: Stefan Wojcik

Events

How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia »

A mesmeric display of drumming and spoken word exploring the effects of dementia on speech, memory and family

Sun 10 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £5.50/£4.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Poem

How To Keep Time (an extract)

I’m… definitely not in the hospital anymore…

DZIA.                            DEK.

Are you in here?

Am I in you?

Human. Cave in.

DZIA DEK

I thought we could maybe talk about this whole brain situation.

Vascular. That’s what the doctor says you are or what you have. Vascular. Mini-strokes in the brain accumulated into a cluster of blackouts - erasing function, how to rewire a tank, gone! How to cook bigos, gone!

Wait, no, it’s not erased, it’s reordered – the language is in the eating section of the brain, the tremble section is in the speaking part of the brain, the Polish part of the brain is the English part of the brain, the part of the brain that was Polish is now whisper, the English now stutter -

... so like, putting the drums in the wrong place but trying to communicate the same thing – sounds shit -

This is how – you remember, Dziadek – this is how you – see - It’s like a canyon in here – it’s like a Jurassic era dig site – you got some dinosaurs of remembering in here, man? I could use some fossils of you, Dziadek - these visual canyons where the shallow textures are abysses – wait, now gooseberries are raining down – your brain’s locked you in a field of tumbling gooseberries, gooseberry snow – to noise

You are now beneath noise the noise Dziadek, or you are the noise or both and neither. It is busy in here. Busy like flamenco, busy beyond sense, busy like unplayable busy, busy street, busy-ness – what time signature you in, man? What’s the tempo?

 

Antosh Wojcik