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Unfinished Memmoirs of a Hypocrit
SJ Fowler

150 x 230mm colour interior 2019
ISBN: 9781916159402
84 pages
paperback £8.00 buy
PDF £4 buy

The Poetry Foundation editors discuss a collaborative poem by S.J. Fowler and Max Porter called “Myth of the Mole” from the October 2019 issue of Poetry. Steve's Unfinished Memmoirs of a Hypocrit is included in their discussion. Listen to it here

GanGan Lit Magazine #50 have published 4 poems from UMoaH - read them here

Some poems from Memmoirs have been published online at Hotel as well in Berfrois, Perverse magazine and Tentacular.

The New Prim and Proper: an essay on Memmoirs by SJ Fowler is online over at Tentacular Magazine

“UNFINISHED MEMMOIRS OF A HYPOCRIT (is) truly Fowler’s magnum ice cream”
- Russell Bennetts, Berfrois Magazine

see also Aletta Ocean’s Alphabet Empire paperback £8.00 buy / more info

SJ Fowler at the Unfinished Memmoirs of a Hypocrit book launch II July 25th 2019
at the Mayday Rooms, Fleet St. London

This is a considerable book of poetic inarticulation, swamping somewhere in between poetry, notation for future projects forever unrealised, forgetful scrawlings, childhood dream illustrations, erratic geometry, collage and quotation. Memmoirs attempts to operate on multiple fronts, and fails, as is the history of such abundance conflict. In such rich, potent territory Steve presents us with a number of possibilities;

  • the handwritten as a viable poetry
  • the notebook as a finished poetry
  • to emphasise context over content, or at least blend and blind the two
  • to be as strange and unfortunately amusing as living mostly is
  • to be about where it was made (Spain, mostly) and what it was made from (a single notebook of bone coloured paper, a christmas gift, and some bad black pens, and some fingerpaint)

It is the fifth entry in SJ Fowler’s Poem Brut publication series, which as a press and as a poet have supported with enthusiasm This series strives to embrace environment affecting writing and writing affecting environment. Joyously celebrates the obscure movement of the hand, writing, lining, drawing – deliberately plain, worked, smoggy. This series of books are definitely about the grid, the box, the cloud, the tree, where the words are meant to make you squint, to battle for legibility, rather than you be able to pinch and extend your thumb and forefinger against the page to get a closer look. Steve's Poem Brut work and project foregrounds handwriting, illustrating that it is more interesting than type, as are crossings out, as are notes, strange lines, grids made with rulers – constant gestures toward the homemade, the amateur, towards composition and motion. The Poem Brut is very much an invitation to head towards liquid and wood, attractive ugliness, toilet wall draughtsmanship, doodled portraits, minor collage. SJ Fowler is a poet and artist. He works in the modernist and avant-garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, theatre, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. He has published various collections of poetry and text, and been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, The British Council, Tate Britain, Liverpool Biennial and Wellcome Collection. He has been translated into 21 languages and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico City to Erbil, Beijing to Tbilisi. He is the poetry editor of 3:AM Magazine, Lecturer at Kingston University, teaches at Tate Modern and is the curator of the Enemies project.

READING IN PUBLIC IS ALWAYS A PERFORMANCE: SJ Fowler explores the role of poet as performer & artist

more on SJ Fowler's website