It was a pleasure to take part and perform some poems at the launch of the second issue of Lisa Marie Jarlborn's lovelove magazine. Held on the same street in London where Rimbaud and Verlaine conducted their affair many moons ago, at the Prince George. It was lovely to perform and get to meet some of the other creatives that contributed to the magazine.
I’m thrilled to be featured in this issue alongside hero’s of mine like Gerard Malanga and Anne Waldman both of whom are interviewed in depth by Lisa Marie Jarlborn.
It was wonderful to perform at Libreria Bookshop, for the first time, for our sold-out event.
I gave a poetry reading, and afterwards, Danuta Keane opened up the conversation where Jimmy and I were able to talk further about the creation of our spoken word album Catalyst. We also took questions from the audience.
Thank you Libreria for hosting a great night, it was a joy sharing Catalyst with you all.
It was a pleasure to revisit MoPoP Museum whilst in Seattle. We returned to meet with the incredible young people that make up MoPoP'S youth advisory board. I gave a poetry reading, then we played Catalyst on vinyl, after which Jimmy and I discussed its creation, the process in the studio, etc.
We had answered questions from the young people from the museum's program. Like last year I was so impressed with their perspectives and questions. The youth at MoPoP really are the great artist of tomorrow. We overrun on time so only some of the YAB are pictured here. Thank you for having us it was a delight to share Catalyst with you, and a special thank you to Josh, and Amy, and curators Jasen Emmons and Jacob McMurray, the wonderful team at MoPoP and of course the late, great Paul Allen was on our minds, the founder of the museum and co founder of Microsoft, a man who changed the world and was so humble.
It was so sweet to return to San Francisco, to read at the iconic City Lights. San Francisco is a sprawling, vibrant, multicultural city, rich in history. It's synonymous with the Beat poets whom I love and have been so inspired by. I read a selection of poems from all four of my books, some of which of course are featured on Catalyst. After the reading it was a pleasure to discuss Catalyst more in depth and meet attendees of the reading, some of whom had brought their vinyl copies of Catalyst with them. I felt so embraced by San Francisco, and I can't wait to return.
It's always an honour to be invited by Anne-Marie Fyfe to read at her Coffee House Poetry night at The Troubadour, and it was so lovely to hear all the other incredible poems from such a range of accomplished writers. The theme of the evening, was "Things Left Unsaid" so i read my poem "Scorpio" from my collection Zoreh, which is about things that fester in the space of silence.
Catalyst, a spoken word album written and performed by Scarlett Sabet and produced by Jimmy Page, is released today on a special 12-inch etched vinyl via JimmyPage.com.
The recorded collection of eight poems also includes a 24-page full-colour booklet featuring liner notes written by Scarlett Sabet and Jimmy Page plus photography by Scarlet Page.
The recordings and mixes were made at Tower House, London, the week of 13th May 2019, using analogue and digital techniques.
"I knew Scarlett's poems were exceptionally vibrant in print and I had witnessed the power of her public readings. I thought it would be exciting to do a project together to emphasise the power of the spoken word in the context of poetry and present her work in a radical form"
- Jimmy Page
- Spoken word album featuring 8 poems written and performed by Scarlett Sabet
- Produced by Jimmy Page and recorded at Tower House, London
- Includes a 24-page booklet and an etched vinyl portrait of Scarlett Sabet
- Signed by Jimmy Page and Scarlett Sabet
- Limited to 156 numbered copies
- Rocking Underground
- Cut Up
- Euphoric Kiss
- The Fifth Circle Of Hell
- And My Lungs Fill with Ecstatic Song
- For Jack
- Cut Up (multiple return)
Photo by Dave Brolan
The London launch for my new book Camille was held at Mortimer House. It was a lovely intimate venue and an acoustic set. I read new poems from Camille such as "And My Lungs Fill With Ecstatic Song" and "Hiding In Plain Sight", as well as poems from previous collections like, "Euphoric Kiss", "Ocean", "Magus", and "Double". Thank you to everyone that came, It was magical.
I was interviewed by Mortimer House's Maslow's magazine read it here.
Photo by David M. Benett
Photo by Lily Vetch
Ryan Lanji invited me to read some of my new love poems from Camille for Love In Other Words an evening he curated for the Hoxton Hotel. It was a pleasure to take part and hear the poet Zia Singh who also read.
It was such a joy to launch my collection of love poems Camille, at Shakespeare and Co in Paris, this Valentine's Day. As always it's such a pleasure to be in Paris. The shop was founded by George Whitman in the 1950's at the same time his friend Lawrence Ferlinghetti opened City Lights in San Francisco. The shops have always been twinned.
The shop is now run by George's incredible daughter Sylvia. Sylvia has been such a champion of my work from the very beginning, I am incredibly grateful to her and Shakespeare and Co has served almost as a compass to my career. Sylvia invited me to read at Shakespeare and Co right after I self published my first collection Rocking Underground, my first reading there was 26th January 2015, with the lovely Heather Hartley.
with Silvia Whitman
My second reading to launch my second book, The Lock And The Key was on the 4th July 2016, that night Nathan Loceff read too. My third reading was June 2018 for my third collection Zoreh which was a blast as Salena Godden read too.
So this was my fourth reading at the shop to launch my fourth book, Camille. It was very special and emotional. As always the shop was packed, I read first, I was ready, excited to read some of these new poems in front of an audience for the first time. The energy I got back from the audience was incredible and spurred me on.
During my reading at one point I thought about how William Burroughs had started writing Naked Lunch upstairs in the shop, how Anais Nin had stayed in the bedroom, where Allen Ginsberg had also stayed and wrote and read. Fast forward to today, great contemporary authors, such as Zadie Smith and Jeanette Winterson have also read at Shakespeare and Co.
Jenni Fagan followed me and read from her book "The Witch in the Word Machine". It was a pleasure to hear her. After our reading Jenni and I sat and signed our books for audience members who had bought them. I found it fascinating hearing different peoples storied of how they had come to Paris, wether they were living, working or just on holiday, and what Shakespeare and Co meant to them.
It was a truly magical evening, you can listen to it on SoundCloud below:
Happy Valentines Day from Paris!
The sky is a brilliant blue, and I’m so excited to be returning to Shakespeare and Co tonight reading from Camille. Thank you to all of you who pre-ordered the book, it was so exciting to see orders coming in from all over the world. Thank you for all your support and being on this journey with me.
I hope you enjoy these poems, they were truly written from the heart.
"Hailed as one of the brightest new stars on the international poetry scene, Scarlett Sabet has become renowned for her beautiful prose and emotive poetry readings. Now, with the release of her fourth book ‘Camille,’ a book of love poems published this Valentine’s Day, and her upcoming headline slot at The Hoxton Hotel’s poetry gala ‘Love in Other Words,’ we spoke to Sabet about poetry, performing and the meaning of love."
- Read Scarlett's full interview with Hunger here
I'm so excited to announce my fourth collection CAMILLE.
It is is a collection of 47 love poems, including 5 new poems: For Jack, Hiding In Plain Sight, Lilith In The Midheaven (new and extended version), And My Lungs Fill With Ecstatic Song, and A Prayer To Hands. These poems in the collection show the soaring joy of true love, a new relationship, and sexual passion.
But CAMILLE also features untraditional ‘love’ poems which show the destructive, obsessive side of love and infatuation, and how easily love can veer into hate. This is a book for everyone, if you’re in a relationship there is a poem you can read to your girlfriend/wife/boyfriend . Equally, if you are single, if you took the courageous steps to end a relationship that was dragging you down and robbing you of your self esteem, there are poems in ‘Camille’ that will make you smile to yourself, and give yourself a pat on the back.
Pre-orders are available here