Xerox Sonnets & X-Ray Blues
paperback due March 2020
Xerox Sonnets & X-Ray Blues is a full length book of poetry by Neil Sparkes. Part of a trilogy of works in poetry & artwork titled Return Of The Demons, written through visions / dreams / nightmares as a dub soundtrack pounded out in resistance to the rise of the Far Right.
Snapshots, fury, desolation & betrayal by the sham of politics - Sparkes invokes the mutant-spirit of John Locke, Thomas More, John Berryman & the sonnet remixed with a 13 bar-blues to create a 21st century theory-of-mind in dub & visual poems.
The Magna Carta Suite, which forms a section of the work, was first published as a ltd. edition pamphlet (inc. prints by the author + The Magna Carta Suite CD by Alex Hutton feat. Neil Sparkes) in 2015 by Hesterglock Press; marking Sparkes' collaboration with artist & poet Sarer Scotthorne.
“Beware those who walk on cloven feet....”
Neil Sparkes is a poet, musician & visual artist. His work includes several collections published by Billy Childish, as well as a ltd. edition pamphlet Xerox Sonnets & X-Ray Blues - The Magna Carta Suite (Hesterglock Press, 2015) and has a collaboration with jazz bassist Larry Bartley in original plus DUB (Hesterglock Press, 2019). His artwork is exhibited in the UK & abroad, and his work as a musician, composer & producer has led him across the globe for over 20 years creating innovative combinations of poetry, world music, jazz & dub.