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POEM BRUT 



Hesterglock Press & Prote(s)xt imprint publications from the Poem Brut project, curated by SJ Fowler



Both Sarer & I have been involved with the Steve Fowler curated Poem Brut project over the past 3 years or so; as performers, publishers, curators, artists and supporters. I’ve also recently started running some Making Picture Poems workshops for the Second Step’s  Wellbeing College in Bristol, which will culminate in an exhibition to celebrate new creative works at the end of June. It’s a thoughtful and energetic project which has involved over 100 artists/poets/performers and has personally given me new impetus, focus, and awareness of the latent possibilities within artistic creative writing as well as performance. I’ve also had the good fortune to have met and worked alongside some wonderful people, and published some of their work. What is Poem Brut?
Poem Brut celebrates artistic creative writing - embracing text and colour, space and time, handwriting, composition, abstraction, illustration, sound, mess and motion - affirming the possibilities of the page, the voice and the pen in a computer age. Through over a dozen live events, nearly 100 commissions, exhibitions at The Poetry Society and Rich Mix and a series of brand new books, Poem Brut has offered an alternative understanding of 21st century literature since 2017. Poem Brut roots it’s activities in a mindful thinking through of the potentials and possibilities of neurological and physiological diversity for a literature that expands our understanding of what the medium can do. Rooted in an exploration of cognitive difference, of everything from autism, dyslexia, aphasia and dyspraxia to mental health conditions, Poem Brut seeks to ask whether it is in service to original and powerful writing for writers and poets with these experiences to try and ‘escape’ them into sense and order, rather than embracing how their brains understand language. Poem Brut has generated over a dozen events since 2017, alongside multiple exhibitions, workshops, conferences and publications. Visit the Poem Brut website for more information, exhibitions, performances and much more. (taked from www.poembrut.com)

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forthcoming Poem Brut books: 

Michael Sutton - music/lyrics (17/7/20)
SJ Fowler - Soft Rich Digital Ghosts; tweeting carparks dry (2021)