Flowers Won’t Grow – Karenjit Sandhu & SJ Fowler

A unique epistolary poetry collection and a collaborative feat of rare acumen, Flowers Won’t Grow contemplates mundanity and gratitude with a mix of polite curiosity and tender contempt. The lettered, prose-ish poems of Sandhu and Fowler speak to a luminous private public exchange, and the writeable unspeakables of a long London summer. These are playful, complex poems, of a city, of soap and fizzy water, of a search for commonality in quiet, of paper birds and hardened workers.

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Flowers Won’t Grow
SJ Fowler & Karenjit Sandhu

Published June 2021
ISBN 978-1-912960-70-5
A5 Size
40 printed pages
Colour
Cimera Series #5
SLB0183
Print run of 200
Price – £4.99

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‘Exchanges, transfers and transferrals of intimacy and stark urgency – a
work of posed questions, thumbed noses and drawn blood’.
Eley Williams


‘This is a nurse’s attention on a knife edge. A pin-prick of address, a poem
that says “let’s get out of here” to and about itself. Everything is external,
but you can’t get outside, even if you don’t what to know what’s inside. It’s
a hostile take over of mundane objects and day-to-day experience in a
language that asks us to settle for fruit syrup but reaches beyond to the
universe’
Prudence Bussey-Chamberlain

Karenjit Sandhu is a poet and artist. Her debut poetry collection young girls! is forthcoming with the 87 Press (2021). Karenjit’s poems appear in Judith: Women Making Visual Poetry (Timglaset Editions, 2021), Writing Utopia (Hesterglock Press, 2020) and Nemeses (HVTN Press, 2019). Her work has also appeared in Magma in collaboration with Ryan Ormonde (2020), as well as online at Digital Poetics (87 Press, 2020), Junction Box (2020) and DATABLEED (2019). Her performance work has led to collaborations with the Sir Denis Mahon Foundation, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Flat Time House and Camden People’s Theatre (London), Arnolfini (Bristol) and Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris). Karenjit is one of the judges of the 2021 Streetcake Writing Prize.
@k_ren_sandhu

SJ Fowler is a writer, poet and artist who lives in London. His writing has explored subjects as diverse as prescription drugs, films, fight sports, museums, prisons and animals and his work has been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, Somerset House, Tate Britain, London Sinfonietta, Southbank Centre, National Centre for Writing, National Poetry Library, Science Museum and Liverpool Biennial amongst others. He’s been translated into 27 languages and produced collaborations with over 150 artists. He has pioneered the fields of performance literature, literary curation, visual, photo and fifilm poetry, collaborative poetry and Neuropoetics. ‘Flowers won’t grow’ is his 44th publication and the 17th to be collaborative.
www.stevenjfowler.com


Slurps – Patrick Cosgrove

SLURPS is the utterly unique, bold and bountiful debut publication by poet-artist Patrick Cosgrove. A book of visual poetry that explores the colourful, haptic spaces between words, occasionally bumping into a few along the way. SLURPS are poems that like to feel what words feel, while mostly afraid of what they might say. A book of linguistic abstraction, gesture and pattern, sound and smell – this is organic poetry, full of the actual sucking sounds of everyday life.

Patrick Cosgrove is an artist and parent. His work often explores the boundaries between different artistic domains: visual art, sculpture, sound, 􀅀lm, performance and poetry. Much of his practice has been, and continues to be, inspired by S. J Fowler’s Poem Brut project, for which he has frequently performed.
patcosgroveart.wordpress.com

Slurps
Patrick Cosgrove

Published June 2021
ISBN 978-1-912960-67-5
A5 Size
36 printed pages
Colour
Poem Brut Series #1
SLB0180
Print run of 100
Price – £4.99
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Poem Brut celebrates artistic creative writing and its relationship with neurobiology – embracing text and colour, space and time, handwriting, composition, abstraction, illustration, sound, mess and motion – affirming the possibilities of the page, the pen, the process, the performance and the voice in a computer age. It is a project that celebrates genuine authentic originality in poetry, without overt recourse to biographical context and identity, and resists a literature of control, neatness, poise and direct, didactic meaning.

Poem Brut has offered an alternative understanding of 21st century literature since 2017 and has formed a quiet movement in British, and global, poetry.
Series edited by SJ Fowler.

Poem Brut website

EVEN STILL – Sylee Gore

A study of silence and light in articulate, minimal visual poetry, and an extraordinary debut from Berlin-based poet, artist, and translator Sylee Gore. Even Still is a concentrated exploration of the integrity of the image-word, beyond fragmentation, comprising three formally distinct but interdependent parts – staged sculptural objects, photo-poems, and asemic watercolours – brought together in a publication of remarkable poise and skill.

EVEN STILL
Sylee Gore

Published June 2021
ISBN 978-1-912960-82-8
A5 Size
36 printed pages
Colour
Poem Brut Series #2
SLB0195
Print run of 100
Price – £4.99
SOLD OUT

Poem Brut celebrates artistic creative writing and its relationship with neurobiology – embracing text and colour, space and time, handwriting, composition, abstraction, illustration, sound, mess and motion – affirming the possibilities of the page, the pen, the process, the performance and the voice in a computer age. It is a project that celebrates genuine authentic originality in poetry, without overt recourse to biographical context and identity, and resists a literature of control, neatness, poise and direct, didactic meaning.

Poem Brut has offered an alternative understanding of 21st century literature since 2017 and has formed a quiet movement in British, and global, poetry.
Series edited by SJ Fowler.

Poem Brut website

DREAM RED – Nina Fidry

Dream Red, the debut publication from poet Nina Fidry, is a remarkable collection of concrete and projective poems filled with abstract imagery and multi-lingual play. Experimenting with space, composition, font, text-size and mathematics, these remarkable poems create a series of elegant divisions, forcing the reader to think of what could be and/ or what they are there for.

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DREAM RED
Nina Fidry
Published June 2021
ISBN 978-1-912960-83-5
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 200
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook #14
SLB0196
Price – £2.60
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Designed to evidence the remarkable contemporary and innovative poetry being written by current and recent Kingston University Creative Writing students, this series of beautifully designed pamphlets each features a suite of poems, most often on one theme or in one style, by a solo author. The series mark the first publications of many poets who are very likely to be significant presences on the UK scene and beyond in the coming years.
www.writerscentrekingston.com

Canopy 2 – Urban Tree Festival 2021

This anthology is published to coincide with the Urban Tree Festival in May 2021. During the pandemic, we all came to
appreciate the nature that surrounds us. Trees in our parks, streets and front gardens have provided shade, shelter and a changing view. They have boosted our spirits and willingly offered us something to hug! In the Spring of 2021 the Museum of Walking invited people to put into writing their feelings about trees close to you, to submit a poem or a flash writing piece of 250 words (or under).

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Canopy 2
An Anthology of Writing for the Urban Tree Festival 2021
Gabriel Burrow, Alison Clark, Georgia Cook, Chris Cuninghame, Charis Fox, Sandra Horn, Peter Isaacson, Sarah McPherson, Tom Raw, E. E. Rhodes, Robert Seatter, Andrew Simms, Rachel Sloan and Sarah Wheeler.
Published May 2021
ISBN 978-1-912960-69-9
A6 Size
28 printed pages
Colour
Museum of Walking Chapbook 8
SLB0182
Print run of 250
Price – £3.99
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The winning poems were judged by Dr Samantha Walton (Reader in Modern Literature at Bath Spa University and a Board member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment) and Ghazal Mosadeq (founder of Pamenar Press, an independent cross-cultural, multi-lingual publisher based in UK, Canada and Iran). The winning stories were judged by N. G. Bristow (screen writer, director and installation artist running the MA in Directing
Fiction at Goldsmiths, University of London) and Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone (author, editor and tutor on the Novel Studio at City, University of London).