Poem: Total Eclipse, by Carmina Masoliver

Carmina Masoliver is a writer, poet and performer and part of the Burn After Reading community, and Kid Glove collective. She has been published as part of Nasty Little Press’ ‘Intro’ series and has performed at various festivals including Latitude, Bestival, Lovebox and Fling Festival. 

Total Eclipse is Carmina's contribution to 'Sexology', a collection of poems by 7 up-and-coming young poets produced for the Wellcome Collection by the Burn After Reading collective. You can find the rest of the series here.

Carmina introduces Total Eclipse here:

I was asked to write a piece for the Wellcome Trust’s Sexology Season, and it was one of those poems that I had been wanting to write for a while, but was unable to find the words for until that time, when they came tumbling out. What has been interesting is how people have interpreted the piece, so for now I will let it speak for itself.

It’s worth listening to the other poems Burn After Reading poets have written on this topic, showing that sex is far more complex than what meets the surface, sadly often linked with pain rather than the perhaps assumed pleasure.

For more of Carmina's work, check out her website at www.carminamasoliver.com. In addition to writing her own poetry, She also facilitates workshops, which she has done independently, as well as alongside Ross Sutherland, Niall O'Sullivan and Michael Rosen. 

Carmina also edits an anthology called Poetry&Paint and runs an event called She Grrrowls in London.