Recent Poetry School workshops have been held in the Manchester Art Gallery. So, we have been inspired by sample poems as well as the works on display. On the second floor there have been several interesting exhibitions of modern art. Dashing back downstairs I missed the display on the foyer wall – an enlarged copy of Home Office form OV51 Visit (NRA). On the first page the staff have given another reason for the refusal. They doubt that the artist has control over her bank account (the application was accompanied by bank statements, as required).
Some personal details have been blacked out prior to posting, but the applicant is born in Pakistan and the work in the gallery is by Adeela Suleman, a sculptor and artist and Associate Professor and Head of the Fine Art Department of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi.
My short “found” poem:
Refusal of a visit visa
Date of refusal decision: 13 September 2017
Furthermore, you have stated that you are single
with no dependents.
I am not satisfied that you have demonstrated ties
to Pakistan that would give you reason to return
a simple pattern that silently repeats itself
silence haunts you
silence is disturbing
Text in italics by Adeela Suleman.