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Opposite: Poems, Philosophy and Coffee Book Launch

Book launch for Opposite: Poems, Philosophy and Coffee by Helen Mort and Aaron Meskin

Co-sponsored by the Centre for Aesthetics, HPBC and The State of the Arts.

What happens when poetry and philosophy connect? Over coffee at Leeds' Opposite Cafe, award-winning poet Helen Mort and Professor of Philosophical Aesthetics Aaron Meskin set out to answer that very question. They came up with an intriguing idea for a creative dialogue: Aaron would select essays from a range of philosophers who think and write about art and aesthetic matters, Helen would respond to them with an original poem, then the authors of the original papers would respond to the poems.
The result is an engrossing and multi-faceted series of conversations, which (like all the best coffee-shop discussions) take a variety of unexpected turns – topics discussed include the art of tattooing, graffiti, Belle & Sebastian, food, rock climbing and whether there's such a thing as bad art. With the project now collected in this unique, innovative publication from Valley Press, readers of poetry, philosophy, and even those new to both can join the authors for a coffee and a fascinating journey through modern thought.

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