Unfinished Memmoirs of a Hypocrit
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This is a considerable book of poetic inarticulation, swamping somewhere in between poetry, notation for future projects forever unrealised, forgetful scrawlings, childhood dream illustrations, erratic geometry, collage and quotation. Memmoirs attempts to operate on multiple fronts, and fails, as is the history of such abundance conflict. In such rich, potent territory Steve presents us with a number of possibilities;
It is the fifth entry in SJ Fowler’s Poem Brut publication series, which as a press and as a poet have supported with enthusiasm This series strives to embrace environment affecting writing and writing affecting environment. Joyously celebrates the obscure movement of the hand, writing, lining, drawing – deliberately plain, worked, smoggy. This series of books are definitely about the grid, the box, the cloud, the tree, where the words are meant to make you squint, to battle for legibility, rather than you be able to pinch and extend your thumb and forefinger against the page to get a closer look. Steve's Poem Brut work and project foregrounds handwriting, illustrating that it is more interesting than type, as are crossings out, as are notes, strange lines, grids made with rulers – constant gestures toward the homemade, the amateur, towards composition and motion. The Poem Brut is very much an invitation to head towards liquid and wood, attractive ugliness, toilet wall draughtsmanship, doodled portraits, minor collage.
"Truly Fowler's magnum ice cream"
- Russell Bennetts : Berfrois magazine, on Unfinished Memmoirs of a Hypocrit
Some poems from Memmoirs have been published online at Hotel as well in Berfrois, Perverse magazine and Tentacular.
The Poetry Foundation editors discuss a collaborative poem by S.J. Fowler and Max Porter called “Myth of the Mole” from the October 2019 issue of Poetry. Steve's Unfinished Memmoirs of a Hypocrit is included in their discussion. Listen to it here
The New Prim and Proper: an essay on Memmoirs by SJ Fowler is online over at Tentacular Magazine
Memmoirs will have two releases, the first at the next Poem Brut at Rich Mix event on July 13th, and the second will take place on July 25th at the Mayday Rooms, Fleet St, London. This event will celebrate the wider list of Hesterglock Press. To which end Steve generously wrote "the work Paul Hawkins and Sarer Scotthorne have done over the last number of years is really a source of encouragement, validation and hope for many poets writing around the edges of the Now (in the UK) because they are looking for the future. It is hard work, as it must often feel like digging a trench that fills with water, but their enthusiasm, sincerity and selflessness gives fuel to those like me, mining a weird and committed seam. I’m lucky to count them as friends, collaborators and supporters, as are brilliant folk like Thomas Havlik, James Caley, Arturo Desimone, Matti Spence and others."
July 13: Book Launch I + Poem Brut at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1, with Lisa Kiew, Patrick Cosgrove & Alex Hegazy, Mischa Foster Poole, Harry Man, Paul Hawkins, Simon Tyrrell, Michael O'Mahony, SJ Fowler, Rushika Wick, Jacqueline Ennis Cole, and Maria Sledmere. You can watch all the performances on the Poem Brut website here
July 25: Unfinished Memmoirs of a Hypocrit book launch II + Hesterglock/Prote(s)xt at the MAYDAY ROOMS 88 Fleet Street London EC4Y 1DH w/performances & readings from SJ Fowler, Sally Skakti-Willow, Pascal O'Loughlin, James Caley, Matthew Turner, Matti Spence, Katy Wareham Morris, Rosie Šnajdr, James Knight more TBC free entry 7pm start
Bio: SJ Fowler is a poet and artist. He works in the modernist and avant-garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, theatre, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. He has published various collections of poetry and text, and been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, The British Council, Tate Britain, Liverpool Biennial and Wellcome Collection. He has been translated into 21 languages and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico City to Erbil, Beijing to Tbilisi. He is the poetry editor of 3:AM Magazine, Lecturer at Kingston University, teaches at Tate Modern and is the curator of the Enemies project.
Recent International Literature Showcase interview:
READING IN PUBLIC IS ALWAYS A PERFORMANCE: SJ Fowler explores the role of poet as performer & artist
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more on SJ Fowler's website