Recipe for a Good Life: a Poem

15 April, 2022


Fari Bradley


Friend­ship, the foun­da­tion for good cooking

Equal mea­sures:

Infi­nite understanding

Instant for­give­ness, and ben­e­fit of doubt in even doses

Hon­esty sea­soned with discrimination

Bags of patience (can be sub­sti­tut­ed with empathy).

A sprin­kling of spontaneity.

(Tip: if you have any, a love for laugh­ter will real­ly add some zest to this recipe, add liberally.)


Blend all of the above equal­ly but be care­ful not use too much patience, lest the fla­vor of the dis­crim­i­na­tion is lost. 
Keep warm until nice and sol­id, after that store well to avoid going stale and use as soon as pos­si­ble, as best enjoyed fresh.



An Iranian-born sound artist, Bradley's practice involves sound sculpture, installation, performance and broadcast. With a background in classical and North Indian music, Bradley uses found materials, hand-made electronics for improvisation in performance and recorded works. Collaborating on large scale pieces, Bradley composes with graphic scores for site specific work. Her solo shows and joint practice as 'Bradley-Weaver' include commissions from London Architecture Week, V&A, South London Gallery, Art Dubai, Beirut Arts Centre, Lahore Biennial Foundation, Malja – Bahrain and Tashkeel - Dubai . On UK's art-music radio station Resonance104.4fm 2004-2019, Bradley explored MENASA art and culture through her weekly shows Six Pillars and Free Lab Radio. Bradley's writing is published in Oxford Handbooks, Ibraaz, The Wire, ArteEast, Canvas Magazine, with music released on Ubuibi, The Wire, Sub Rosa and The Vinyl Factory.


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