editor: Paul Hawkins
editor: Sarer Scotthorne
art & design: Bob Modem


Poem Brut & other projects

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est. circa 2012
an unfunded small press
based in Bristol
Astra Papachristodoulou
ISBN: 9780464499107
130 x 200 mm
38 page colour paperback 2019
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‘blockplay is an experiment in mindful semiotics, a retelling of babylonian towers, and a manual to destruction as play. a mischievous and exhilarating book bridging the gaps between the visual and the literary, it represents a bold take on what poetry can be. if meaning is mortar it will get in your eyes; the reader must remain playful to stay clear.’
- Vilde Valerie

‘A new poetry for the ludic, Blockplay merges familiar shapes with the scribbled word in a Steinian fashion, releasing the association with play from its domestic constraints and rendering it sensual, uncanny.’

- Nadia de Vries

This commemorative book will be produced to mark a Jenga poem commission by The Poetry Society that was created for the visitors of The Poetry Café. This commission will be launched in an Object Poetry Game Night on the 5th December 2019 at The Poetry Café, London. Many thanks to Suzanne Posthumus for making this happen. With thanks to Cathy Rozel Farnworth, host of the Roger and Laura Farnworth Arts Residency in partnership with the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival.

Astra Papachristodoulou is a recent graduate from the MA Creative Writing (Poetic Practice) at Royal Holloway with focus in experimental writing and the neo-futurist tradition across poetry, visual art and performance. Astra currently delivers experimental poetry workshops at the University for the Creative Arts and freelances for the Poetry Society. She won the Pebeo Mixed Media Art Prize in 2016, and her visual work has been showcased at contemporary art exhibitions including the National Poetry Library (Southbank Centre) and the Museum of Futures in London. Her published books include Almost a Nightmare (Sampson Low 2017), Songs from Astropolis (HVTN Press 2018), Clockwork (Ampersand Publishing 2018) & Almost a Dream (Sampson Low 2019).