Astrid Alben

Astrid Alben is a poet, editor and translator. She is the author of Ai! Ai! Pianissimo (Arc, 2011) and Plainspeak (Prototype, 2019). Her poems, essays and reviews are featured in a wide range of publications, including in the Times Literary Supplement, Best of British Poetry and BBC Radio 4 Four-Thought. Most recently Astrid has collaborated with artist and animator Zuzanna Pedrasik to create a series of poem-animations. Astrid is the editor of three art/science anthologies published by Lars Müller Publications and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in 2014 for her work across the arts and sciences with PARS. She is
a Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and RSA Fellow, a tutor at the Poetry School and a trustee of Poetry London.

Astrid Alben

Photo: Philip Hancock


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Just before dawn stars pause above us. Space is 
photogenic. Oxygen uranium & gold Poet is what we 

are made of. One life is not enough to run breathe run 
run Poet run across the autobahn orbiting Earth no 

need for pausing for cameras blaze a trail grinning 
from me to yours burst open speak plainspeak 

Oh Poet I love you Poet if no one else will love you Poet
without you I am shadowless the naked part of canvas.


Astrid Alben


From Plainspeak (Prototype Publishing, 2019)