In 2002 I was lucky enough to see Chris Ofili’s collection The Upper Room at Victoria Miro, London. The experience stayed with me, my poem With Chris Ofili in the Upper Room is based on my memory of the afternoon. Last week it managed to sneak onto the longlist for the University of Canberra International Poetry Prize, have a look a the full list here.
Images of The Upper Room are here, though they never capture the amazing moment of walking into the the room. Adrian Searle’s review from 2002 still rings true to me.