Blank Space: Aurelia Lassaque

Aurélia Lassaque on tour in the UK 2012.

A special one off event, next Tuesday Stirred poetry is hosting the reading of Aurelia Lassaque at Blank Space in Hulme.

Aurelia Lassaque

Aurelia Lassaque (born in 1983) is a scholar, a poet and a performer who has won several important prizes and won a wide popularity, translated in several languages. Her first book of poems “Cinquena sason” has been published by Letras d’Òc (Toulouse) and her second (Ombras de Luna – Ombres de Lune (éd. La Margeride, 2009 and 2010) has already been reedited. She is also a comedian (Comèdia occitana tolzana).

Event Flyer

Event Flyer

Aurélia Lassaque’s poetry in Solstice and other poems are shown in their original Occitan with the English translation on the following page.

Solstice: noun Either of the two times in the year, the summer solstice and the winter solstice, when the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at noon, marked by the longest and shortest days.

Lassaque delivers intensity in a single line, ‘The zenith sun soaks up the scurry of suddenly-wild children.’ The poems are immediate and sensory. Sounds collide within and between the lines; the character Bella appears then disappears between pieces, flitting from sleep to action. She is an Eve-like figure, both wild and vulnerable. On the breeze,  ‘a last day-of-the-world perfume’.

Solstice is subtitled The call of Janus. Janus is the god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings and endings. These poems are snap shots that open vistas in the reader’s eyes, they are flung open moments of revelation, and there’s a darkness to them that ensures they endure.

The other poems of the book are taken from Dawn of Wolves. They are slightly longer pieces that have the same intensity of feeling, titles like Apocalypse, Crime. The beautiful final pair of poems,  Orpheus and Euridice dreaming. The ‘severed tongue that tells no lies’, could be an ars poetica in one line, with its sense of broken boundaries, the promises of words.

Will be amazing to hear her reading them Tuesday!


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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