Servant Drone makes SJ Fowler’s 3:AM MAGAZINE Top Reads of 2015

‘Brilliant collaborative poetry collection (of which there are far too few) taking on a necessary issue in necessarily disjunctive ways.’

SJ Fowler 3:AM magazine on Servant Drone

We made the 3:AM MAGAZINE Top Reads of 2015 list for Steven J. Fowler. It’s exciting to be alongside the stellar company of;

Tom Jenks, Spruce (Blart Books)

One of most overlooked poets in the UK, doing the work conceptualism should be doing, getting to the heart of uniquely British ennui through splicing methodology and jet black humour.

Sandeep Parmar, Eidolon (Shearsman Books)

High modernism powerfully maintained and redeployed by one of the most interesting poets crossing the American / UK scene.

Tom Chivers, Dark Islands (Test Centre)

One of the clearest voices in British poetry in his finest work to date, beautiful rendered, written and designed.

Emma Hammond, The Story of No (Penned in the Margins)

Powerful for it’s immediacy, incredibly sophisticated for it’s lack of pretension in the face of profoundly personal poetry. Amazing book.

Christodoulos Makris, The Architecture of Chance (wurm press)

This is the future of a poetry which reflects our world of language without dispensing with the expressionistic skill of interpreting that language. Found text lies with lyrical poetry, a thorough achievement to balance them to such effect.

Peter Jaeger, A Field Guide to Lost Things (If P Then Q press)

Clever, resonant and profound, as all of Peter Jaeger’s works are, a fine example of the possibilities of contextual, process-orientated thinking getting to the heart of contemporary poetry.

Michael Thomas Taren, Eunuchs (Ugly Duckling Presse)

Best possible example of what is possible in contemporary American poetics of my generation. Excessive, authentic, ambitious.

Rebecca Perry, Beauty/Beauty (Bloodaxe Books)

Reflective and observational in the most well conceived way, a clear poetic experience as a book, it accumulates and resonates as a collection.

Lee Harwood, The Orchid Boat (Enitharmon Press)

The last work by one of the most interesting poets in the English language in the latter half of the 20th century, a typically beautiful book.

Bruno Neiva & Paul Hawkins, Servant Drone (Knives Forks and Spoons Press)

Brilliant collaborative poetry collection (of which there are far too few) taking on a necessary issue in necessarily disjunctive ways.

Thanks Steve and 3:AM MAGAZINE. You can buy a copy by clicking here.

SJ Fowler on the forthcoming Hawkins/Neiva Servant Drone collection

“What is the worst poetry myth? That it is a singular form, not naturally lending itself to collaboration? Or that what is actually contemporary, relevant, dynamic, is innately experimental or strange? Servant drone is one of the finest examples of a poetic work which destroys both superstitions in one fell sweep. It is energetic, decisive, colloquial and necessary. It is a work of synthesis between two exceptional vanguard poets that balances satire, critique and humour with an intense methodological engagement.”

SJ Fowler on Servant Drone (KF&S Press out Nov. 2015)

SJ Fowler is a poet, artist, curator & vanguardist. He works in the modernist and avant garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, theatre, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance.

Reading at Mahu – Influx

w/special thanks to Sarer Scotthorne, SJ Fowler, Influx Press & The Hardy Tree Gallery.

26/6 reading at SJ Fowler’s Mahu – Influx residency

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sjfmahuGood to be reading in such company – Claire Fisher, Linda Mannheim, Kit Caless and Gary Budden of Influx Press at London’s Hardy Tree Gallery, generously invited by SJ Fowler as part of his Mahu exhibition; a novel onto gallery walls.  A novel written without prelude or revision. A novel written in black ink on white walls. A novel in words that veers into neologisms. A novel in language that veers into abstract symbols. An asemic novel. A novel of twenty-one days, before it is stripped, chopped, framed, never to be reunited again.

Photos by Sarer Scotthorne/SJ Fowler.

Mahu: Influx Friday 26th June London

Mahu: Influx Press – Friday June 26th 2015 – 7pm

At the Hardy Tree gallery – 7pm – Free Entry
119 Pancras Road. London, UK. NW1 1UN0 / email for further details

A night of eclectic readings from Influx writers and editors, taking in New York stories from Linda Mannheim, experimental squat poetry from Paul Hawkins, tales of light invading the dark by Clare Fisher, plus readings from Influx editors Kit Caless and Gary Budden. More details here.

Guerrilla Firm – Mali Clements and Paul Hawkins at Camaradefest II

Text poet/artist Mali Clements and I collaborated and performed at SJ Fowler’s Camaradefest ii along with 98 other poets all collaborating in pairs, at London’s Rich Mix. A superb day of experimental performances, which are all up on youtube.

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