Rommi Smith and ‘Cole, Molloy and Smith’ on the BBC

In a special commission for The Verb, the poet Rommi Smith has written a poem responding to a black and white image of the singer Billie Holiday. She performs this new work as part of the jazz trio Cole, Molloy, Smith. Rommi explains that the image is a ‘psychological’ portrait in which Holiday is wearing ‘a dress of her demons’, and talks about how this informed the poem. She also reflects on Holiday’s image of ‘Strange Fruit’, and its significance within the language of ‘race’. For more information click here