The Escape Artists: An Interview with Ben Parker

Interview with poet Ben Parker.

The Oxford Culture Review

Ben Parker, a poet based in Oxford, has recently published his debut pamphlet ‘The Escape Artists’ through Tall-Lighthouse. An alumnus of the Creative Writing MA at UEA, his poetry has appeared in a number of magazines, including The White Review, Under the Radar, and nthposition, and he was shortlisted for the inaugural Melita Hume prize.  

Why ‘The Escape Artists’ – what’s the inspiration for the anthology?

The title comes from the prose piece in the collection, The Escape Artists. The reason the poem has that title is a conjunction of two different ideas. I wanted to write a science-fiction type piece of prose over the years, but I’m also quite interested in ideas of Carnival and the circus. I like the idea of combining the two – having a circus act with a sci-fi element to it – which is what gave rise to that prose piece…

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