Contained is a multi-media project which straddles art forms. Through prose poetry, essay-writing, visual poems and audio recordings it explores the themes of class and mental health – in terms of both the author’s lived experience and a wider discussion. The text and images in book form are accompanied by a QR code which links to the audio elements via a SoundCloud page. The audio is integral to the book, with all parts together forming a multi-sensory experience - https://soundcloud.com/david-turner-poetry/sets/contained
3:AM magazine have published Floor Plans by David Turner; 4 Poem Brut's taken from the forthcoming Hesterglock Press collection, Contained.
Have a listen to David reading Contained here
David wrote a guest post over at Pete Raynard’s Proletarian Poetry, read it here
Constantly interrogating and evaluating its scenery, ‘Contained’ investigates how the partitions within our heads resemble the walls around us. How opaque these walls seem from inside — how windows offer no relief. Incorporating image, object and audio, the poems pronounce uncertainty of truth and memory, then ask whether we need certainty. Medication-as-poison; romantic body horror; myriad ways of drowning; these are a few of the inhabitants within. But not content to lie down inside its confines, the collection explores how those of us connected by its themes find ways to call to each other through the walls. Dealing with solitude and loss, it is as much about connection, survival and hope — about continuing through the tunnel without being sure of a light at the end.
— Lizzy Turner
David Turner is the founding editor of the Lunar Poetry Podcasts series, has a City & Guilds certificate in Bench Joinery along with the accompanying scars, is known to the Bristol, Kristiansand and Southwark Community Mental Health Teams as a ‘service user’ and has represented Norway in snow sculpting competitions. Widely unpublished. Working-class. Picket line poet.
at Unfinished Memmoirs of a Hypocrit book launch II July 25th 2019
the Mayday Rooms, Fleet St. London with thanks to SJ Fowler