Poetry. REPUBLIC OF DOGS/REPUBLIC OF BIRDS is the first book-length prose text by poet and translator Stephen Watts. The text was written on a typewriter in the late 1980s, then mislaid and lost. Found again in 2012, it was typed onto a laptop with minimal editing. The narrative moves between London's Isle of Dogs and Scotland's Western Isles, where Watts lived and worked as a shepherd. It is both a topographical journey through two landscapes and a highly personal meditation on the history and memory of these locations. Watts is interested in the changing landscape of London's East End: the destruction of working-class culture and its collective memory and the pace of urban development and regeneration. The writing is itself a form of activism, memorialising a lost culture through its physical traces and the stories and voices of its inhabitants.
Stephen Watts lives in Whitechapel, London. His books of poetry include Ancient Sunlight (Enitharmon, 2014) and Gramsci & Caruso (Mille Gru, Monza, 2014), the latter a bilingual 'Selected' with Italian translations by Cristina Viti. Stephen also co-translates poetry and has a number of titles forthcoming, including The Language of It and A Book of Drawn Poems.Author City: LONDON UNK