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Book Launch: talking to the tree outside my window while I sleep by Kai Lossgott at the FLF

Kai Lossgott launch invite

talking to the tree outside my window while I sleepYou are cordially invited to the launch of talking to the tree outside my window while I sleep, a collection of poems and plant leaf engravings by Kai Lossgott. The launch will take place at The Gallery at Grande Provence this Sunday, 15 May, and forms part of the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Lossgott will be in conversation with Dawn Garisch, author of Trespass.

From the official invite:

Contemporary art meets literature in May at Grande Provence during the Franschhoek Literary Festival. Contemporary artist and poet Kai Lossgott will be launching his intimate collection of poems – ‘talking to the tree outside the window while I sleep’ – during the festival, concurrent with his exhibition in the ‘Project Room’ at the gallery.

“Sometimes rarified. Sometimes rough. Exciting. Always Real. The urge to rub your face and body in the pages of this book, like you would with leaves in a pile of Autumn, rises—takes you over, allowing the beauty of the images and words to grow into you. The surrender is easy.” (Tania van Schalkwyk, Ingrid Jonker Prize for Poetry 2010)

‘talking to the tree outside my window while I sleep’ can be purchased at the gallery, and also be paged through and ordered at

The book, which showcases a careful selection of three years’ work of engravings on plant leaves, has been praised for its intimate evocation of the personal element in green politics. Lossgott’s work embodies a global shift in identity towards finding intrinsic value in all living things apart from human gain. The artist connects intricate human biological processes to the greater ecology. He refers to similarities between plant and human anatomy, such as a light-sensitive ‘skin’, with branches and capillaries containing blood or sap. “Both plant and human skin scars, heals, remembers,” he says.

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