Giordano’s talk, titled ‘The Poem I’ll Never Write”, will be a wide-ranging and digressive exploration of several key themes in his work and the creative influences behind his poems.
He’ll try to answer questions like: What do poetry and philosophy have in common? How does poetry express the texture of life and the surrounding culture? What do we try and capture when writing a poem? How come an atheist writes poems which express a nostalgia for faith and religious ritual? Is poetry essentially autobiographical?
Giordano will also describe his limitations as a poet aiming to capture the experience of living in modern day Gibraltar - this is the hypothetical poem that he’ll never write referred to in the title. The talk will end with a passionate defence of poetry and its value in a world driven by sound bite and cliché.