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Fleet published 01/05/2016


Malis follows the course of the stream that once ran along Flask Walk, casting a troubled glance at the Wells and Campden Baths and Wash-Houses to her left, before continuing past Burgh House, to move through a street plan defined by the imprint of vanished spas. Tall, with heavy dreads hanging down over a dress sewn with fragments of broken mirror, she crosses the road at the intersection of Christchurch Hill and Well Walk, to enter the pub she still thinks of as the Green Man.

Paul Holman‘s hybrid poetic/psychogeographic drift from Hampstead to Camden, Fleet.

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Hard by in Globe Road published 22/04/2016

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Globe… directly from Latin, globus: also, of men, ‘a throng, crowd, body, mass’, which is related to gleba: ‘clod, lump of soil’

Road… from Old English, rad: ‘riding expedition, journey, hostile incursion’; in Middle English, ‘a riding, a journey’, sense of ‘open way for travelling between two places’; the meaning ‘narrow stretch of sheltered water’ is from early C14; Old English, radwerig: ‘weary of travelling…’

By Gareth Evans.

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The Poem Brut #7 – Asemic Translations of Marina Tsvetayeva & other poems published 15/04/2016

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New asemic poetry translations of Marina Tsvetayeva and visual poetry crossword poems by Belarussian avant-garde duo.

By Ekaterina Samigulina & Karen Karnak.

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Albion State published 08/04/2016


Standardised mortality ratios (SMRs) allow for useful comparisons to be made against a national average, as the results take into account differing age structures in the populations of local areas.

Local authorities find these ratios useful to gauge how deaths in their area compare with England and Wales as a whole in a given year.

The North East had the highest SMR among the regions of England in 2014, with mortality levels 14 percentage points above the national level.

Mortality levels were lowest in London, at 9 percentage points below the national level.

In 2014, the local authority in England with the highest SMR was Middlesbrough (37 percentage points above the national level)

A found poem by Richard Marshall, illustrated by William Blake.

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The Poem Brut #6 – Three Asemic Poems published 28/03/2016

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… asemic texts inspired by the work of the experimental CoBrA movement of the late 1940s and explore the impulses of hand and ink …

By Kate Wakeling.

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Paris 13/11: Kierkegaard and Akhmatova published 20/03/2016


Do it or don’t do it — you will regret both. A revolutionary but passionless and reflecting age changes the manifestation of power into a dialectical sleight-of-hand, letting everything remain but slyly defrauding it of its meaning; it culminates, instead of in an uprising, in the exhaustion of the inner reality of the relationships, in a reflecting tension that nevertheless lets everything remain; and it has transformed the whole of existence into an equivocation.

Culled lines from Kierkegaard and Akhmatova in response to hearing that Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam had admitted he wanted to blow himself up but then changed his mind.

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Worm & other poems published 10/03/2016


Cut to:
Curly biscuit. Webcam stray. Barbaric lessons.
Knuckles. Elbows. Lip. Shoulders.
Ear lobes. Tonsils. Leg. Backbone.
Nostrils. Anus. Wrists. Ribcage.
Vein. Kidneys. Chin. Heel.

By Nisha Bhakoo.

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The Enemies project 2015: a year in review published 19/12/2015


Poetry lends itself to collaboration as language does conversation, and it is in poetry we are renovating the living space of communication, and this in itself is a collaborative act. The poet comes up against something other than themselves in the writing of every poem, and in the shaping of every fragment of language there is a response taking place.

By SJ Fowler.

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The Poem Brut #5 – Airport published 29/11/2015


situated at the crossroads of looking and reading / words and images … often feature abstract comics combined with asemic writing – writing that has no semantic value … split-level pomes – a ‘pome’ is (perhaps) a dyslectic poem….

By Rosaire Appel.

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The Poem Brut #4 – Chair fears not the dead published 19/11/2015

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today a perfect day and i shall pop my clogs
think i am a snap, diamond run.
melon rises, limited capacity.

By Tomáš Přidal.

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