Gradual Reduction to Bone probes the animal of us through the exploration of living entities, the repeated looping of time, the dogged wounds we inflict on our environment, and the creation/destruction duality.
Imbued with a contemporary-gothic atmosphere, crows float elegant in rigor mortis; pregnant vegetables strain to burst; mother shifts from deity to monster to mortal; invasive species invoke spectres; plants sooth metamorphic incantations. And bones – be them fractured bed frame/dismembered paw/spine of ancient chestnut/Earth’s ribs cranked open/a child’s snapping as she falls – dwell beneath the flesh of the pamphlet.
Kali Richmond is a York-based poet, with much of her writing inspired by the surrounding Dales, Moors and North Sea, and their array of wildlife. She grew up in a council flat in the most densely populated borough of London but spent most school holidays with her grandparents in the North Pennines and the Cotswolds, inspiring a lifelong yearning for vast open spaces.
She came to poetry in her early thirties, first inspired by women such as Fiona Benson and Rachel Bower who wrote of motherhood, and then by brilliant live readings held in York and Leeds from Rebecca Tamás, Roger Robinson, Malika Booker, Rachael Allen, Raymond Antrobus, A. K. Blakemore, Liz Berry, Hollie McNish etc. – predominantly working class voices playing a lead role in contemporary poetry.
She is a lapsed video artist and facilitator of VJ events, and is incorporating those skills into her poetry – adding a visual element to her work and planning collaborative art nights for when restrictions have fully lifted. She has been published in Gutter Magazine, Jaden Magazine, The Babel Tower Noticeboard, Porridge, Green Ink Poetry, Idle Ink and more. In 2020 she won both the Reflex Press and Lucent Dreaming flash fiction competitions.