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Ishion Hutchinson reads “XXXVI” from School of Instructions

Listen to Ishion Hutchinson read his passage “XXXVI,” excerpted from his 2024 Griffin Poetry Prize-shortlisted collection, School of Instructions (Faber & Faber, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a stunning memorial work that excavates the forgotten experience of West Indian soldiers during World War I.

To create the accompanying film for this poem, our resident filmmaker Lior Shamriz worked with WWI footage of the West Indian Regiment, as well as with late 1800s and early 1900s photographs from Palestine, including an original “stereoscopic” printed image from Galilee taken by Bonfils.

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