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

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

Crowfinger – SJ Fowler and Bård Torgersen

The boldest take on photopoetry and corvids of the last decade, Crowfinger is a book that offers more than meets the eye. Juxtaposing Torgersen’s candid and striking photographs of Norwegian forests with Fowler’s precise and unrelenting poetry, it comes at you like evening fog between the trees. The poems see you before you see them, and unless you’re careful they’ll lure you off the path. It is lucky then that Crowfinger is here to guide you home. Because you may not know Crowfinger, but Crowfinger sure knows you.

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Crowfinger
SJ Fowler and Bård Torgersen
Published December 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-65-1
A5 Size
36 printed pages
Colour
Cimera Series #4
SLB0178
Print run of 200
Price – £4.99
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“This is menacing and funny and antic and accusatory and gorgeous and just the best kind of collaboration. It gives us a new way into ekphrasis and a new maze to lose ourselves in. Were you having beautiful thoughts in the beautiful place? Can you just be f*cking honest for once in your life?”
Luke Kennard, poet

“The only thing I could compare this book to is going for a run in the forest in the middle of the night. Surrounded by pitch black you hurtle yourself into a little pocket of light whilst trying your best to ignore whatever it is that’s watching you from the shadows. I’m not sure if I read the book or the book read me.”
Mikael Buck, photographer

Children draw fivefold stars – María Celina Val

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Children draw fivefold stars
María Celina Val
Published December 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-62-0
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 200
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook #13
SLB0175
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

The Year of the Rat – Gabriella Buckner

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The Year of the Rat is an exploration of fraught relationships—between outside forces, other people, and within oneself. The poems in this collection, while varying in style and length, all use vibrant imagery and simple language to strike at the heart of those commonplace battles, failures, and traumas which stick with us forever.

Gabriella Buckner is an American student striving for a career and life in the UK after completing her Creative Writing and Publishing MA from Kingston. She also paints, writes short stories and (starts to write) novels.

The Year of the Rat
Gabriella Buckner

Published February 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-40-8
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 200
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook #12
SLB0153
Price – £2.60
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Sea Wall – Jamie Toy

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‘Sea Wall, by Jamie Toy addresses both the alienation we face politically today with the desire to overcome our impasses. By taking up desire in its contemporary form, the collection finds refuge in the internal noises of the body, wikipedia and the rivers of Europe. Sea Wall cuts through pessimism and nihilism to offer a potential way out and a creative expression of hope in a digital, political and intra-personal dark-age’

‘Jamie Toy is a British poet currently living in London.’ – jamiebtoy.wordpress.com

Sea Wall
Jamie Toy

Published February 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-38-5
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 200
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook #11
SLB0151
Price – £2.60
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Macbett, ver. 2 – Laurensia Puia

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This debut poetry pamphlet dissects a pre-existing play and turns it into poetry. By taking the old and making it new (twice), Macbett ver. 2  hints to past great writers while experimenting with language and form to express timeless concerns from a contemporary perspective.

Laurensia Puia is a poet and writer studying in London. She is interested in Avant Garde poetry and prose, film and theatre. Apart from experimenral language, her work also involves images, sound and materials.

Macbett, ver. 2
Laurensia Puia

Published February 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-37-8
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 200
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook #10
SLB0150
Price – £2.60
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The Car Giant – SJ Fowler

This chapbook of short fiction was written for the Worm Wood project, a five year collaboration between SJ Fowler and Tereza Stehlikova taking in film, performance,
literature and exhibition, and was launched at the Whitechapel Gallery in January 2020.

Steven J Fowler is a writer and poet living in London.
www.stevenjfowler.com

The Car Giant
SJ Fowler
Published January 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-36-1
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 38
SLB0149
Print run of 250
Price – £2.60
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Beastings – SJ Fowler

Lyrics and expanded poems by SJ Fowler.

Animals as lighted pathways, dreams of dark rivers that couldn’t be real and what can be picked up and what is too heavy to be picked up.

Beastings
12 poems for an EP by Diamanda Dramm
SJ Fowler
Published November 2019
A5 Size
32 printed pages
Colour
SLB0138
Print run of 200
Price – £4.99
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As a result of the long standing collaboration with Diamanda Dramm’s an album was made of SJ Fowler’s poems.

https://prettypurgatory.bandcamp.com/album/beastings