The Mechanics of Pencils

‘The Mechanics of Pencils’ © Maria Stadnicka, 2020.

Voice: Maria Stadnicka

Music © Max Richter, 2014, ‘Dream 8’

Photography: © John Stadnicki, 2019


The poem ‘The Mechanics of Pencils’ was firstly published in ‘Stride Magazine’, United Kingdom on 28th February 2020. The link is available here.

The text was inspired by a letter written in 2011 by the artist Ai Wei Wei to his child, a few weeks after being released from prison. Ai Wei Wei spent 81 days in detention during a political crackdown that targeted dozens of bloggers, human rights lawyers, and writers with critical views against the Chinese government.