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Who can gauge our range or pace? Every woman, a signal tower, an illusion, a ship bearing dead ahead.
about the poem
During the First World War, the Admiralty in Britain tried a remarkable experiment with a form of camouflage that made ships more, not less, visible. Co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW, the Every Woman project remembers and celebrates these 'dazzle ships'. As part of the project, female poets wrote poems responding to a ship decorated by Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips. These poems are published by the Edinburgh Art Festival in SIGNAL, a pamphlet.
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Prior to the Every Woman project, my knowledge of ‘dazzle ships’ was restricted to knowing they inspired the title of OMD’s 1983 album of the same name. Nothing quite prepares you, however, for seeing them. Remarkable to think Britain’s WW1 war cabinet essentially okayed retina-spinning cubist camouflage for their battleships.
Born in California, Aiko Greig lives in Scotland where she completed an MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Aiko won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2015. Her poetry is published in The Edinburgh Review, Dactyl, and Ink Sweat & Tears, among others.