Perfect Wasteland – Location of Study: Delta, Mississippi Page
Overview of Voyage D'etudes
Greta Bellamacina is a poet, filmmaker and model who graduated from King’s College London in 2012, with a BA in English. She endeavours to understand the historical and global impact of the English language and feels this has given her a profound insight into the technical aspects of language; thriving on the written word as her principal tool for comprehending and expressing experiences. As part of her artistic journey, Greta worked for US Vogue gaining journalistic experience and more recently Greta was assigned as Poetry Editor for a new collection of poetry inspired by nature and beauty. This collection will be launched in March 2014, published by MACK. Along with her own poetry collection entitled A Devotion To She, Greta is currently represented by VIVA Model Management, which is based in London and Paris, on their talent board.
I started my journey in Texas, travelling to Jackson to stay with a friend and then through the Delta, giving poetry workshops along the way. I was deeply curious about discovering Jackson; a place of debutantes, members’ clubs, women’s luncheons and small neighborhoods surrounded by walls of security. This was in contrast to Mississippi Delta, lying between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. In the past, the region had been called “The Most Southern Place on Earth” because of its unique racial, cultural, and economic history. It was one of the richest cotton growing areas in the nation. Before the American Civil War (1861-1865), the region attracted many speculators who developed land for cotton plantations; they became wealthy planters dependent for labor on black slaves. As I drove through the winter landscape of the Delta MS with three friends all from Jackson, the flat and frosted cotton fields heighted my exploration into the globalization of the land. When travelling through, we discovered the people, their imaginings and poetry, which is left to drown in the heart of winter; when all is quiet the roads have become cold.