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Poem Brut #92 – Music / Lyrics published 13/05/2020

There’s a charity shop near where I live that has a ‘free box’ outside the door filled with things deemed unworthy of a price tag.

I rummaged through the box and found this old folder of musical notation.

I imagined who it might’ve belonged to and conjured a vision of an austere piano teacher (male).

In the 93rd of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Michael Sutton.

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Poem Brut #91 – Portraits published 10/05/2020

A tryptic of scribbled non-letterings, a following in pace of pen between focus and trance; drawn-writing and written-drawing of towards, the brief catharsis.

They are portraits of someone moving out of one as a restless into of no one.

They are, just about. Not without meaning but meaning not to be read. Entirely serious and ridiculous.

They don’t say much.

In the 91st of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by David Spittle.

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Poem Brut #90 – The Chips are Down Here in Lockdown published 06/05/2020

The Chips are Down Here in Lockdown, a work which was born out of the Covid 19 Lockdown. An outlet for the confusion, rage and helplessness that I often find myself experiencing during this unprecedented event, and an attempt to make some sense of it.

Look What the Cat Dragged In is a series of musings on the moral dilemmas that my cats confront me with, confessional in tone, they also delve into the more complex relationships that humans have with animals.

I like to follow my obsessions and see where they lead. Ideas often start with a seed from my everyday and not so everyday experiences which I then tease out into a larger forum to eke out more complex issues that lurk within. Turning the microcosm of daily encounters into the macrocosm of more universal and shared human experiences.

In the 90th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Carolyn Hashimoto.

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European Poetry Festival Video-Poems : Part Two published 30/04/2020

Though the groundbreaking literary gathering European Poetry festival has been postponed in its physical happening, in its stead are specially commissioned remote readings and performances in the vidpoe tradition from Max Höfler, Alessandro Burbank, Franziska Füchsl, Maria Val, Krisjanis Zelgis, Peter Zavada, Kornelia Deres and Stepan Hobza

Eight brand new video-poems by poets across Europe celebrating The European Poetry Festival.

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Poem Brut #89 – To Do Man and other poems published

When i walk into a charity shop, i don’t know what i’m looking for. I’m just looking yet something always picks me. An individual item of clothing someone didn’t want anymore, but now i do and it fits and everything. These poems, or the process of making them, are a bit like that. I don’t really know what i’m looking for or what i want to make. it just happens. and it’s all rubbish. literally. I found all the materials on the street (pre Covid-19) and refashioned them into poetry. I’m like a magpie collecting shiny things for her nest. the page is a nest. a place where i collage visuals and words together automatically. Letting my unconscious mind play.

In the 89th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Kayleigh Cassidy.

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Poem Brut #88 – you are here / asemic family origins published 27/04/2020

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof quoted in subterfuge (Latin) in a tourist guide. Seeking an attraction, the town hired a man to rappel down into a scar in the earth, emitter of the local people’s deepest fears. Bats and humours. Shades of the ancient dead. Deep time. Castellana Grotte, land of my forebears. This is our story, an asemic family memoir.

In the 88th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Kimberly Campanello.

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Poem Brut #87 – Flashback to Aesop published 25/04/2020

Two weeks ago I was sorting books into boxes to give away to the local charity, when I found one of my favourite books – Aesop’s Fables. My parents gave it to me for my sixth birthday. A few pages from the index of stories had come loose and was yellowed at the edges. It was after all more than three decades old. I also found the handwritten manuscript of an old poem I wrote around the time I was 15, along with some other paper bits tucked inside the book. I gently removed the loose pages from the binding and cut the poem up into fragments. Using the old pages as base, I collaged the paper bits and used distress ink on them to match the look of the book, adding asemic writing, origami papers, and some stamps from my wooden stamp collection. The finished pieces became a representation of the passage of time – snatches of memory of good times in first grade, reading my favourite stories.

In the 87th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad.

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Poem Brut #86 – The Earth Fainted: Pages from a Future Fire published 20/04/2020

‘The Earth Fainted: Pages from a Future Fire’ is an extract from a poem commissioned for “Redactions / Redirections” at Newcastle Poetry Festival 2019. The source text is An Account of the Great Fire and Explosion which occurred in Newcastle-on-Tyne & Gateshead on the 6th October, 1854 (Newcastle University Special Collections: Edwin Clarke Local: Clarke 338). This recounts the fire which killed 53 people, injured many more and devastated the economic powerhouse of the city’s quayside in 1854. In my piece, pages are redacted to re-imagine messages from the industrial past in the contemporary context of climate and disaster.

In the 86th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Phoebe Power.

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Poem Brut #85 – Terms & Conditions published 18/04/2020

An ongoing series of found poems excised from the Terms and Conditions, User Agreements and Privacy Policies of tech giants, recreated as a tactile archive of digital ephemera. I use low-tech processes to turn cloud-based contracts into analog objects — designing and printing each selection, soaking the paper in coffee or tea, then baking it in my oven.

In the 85th of the Poem Brut series, new poetry by Sasha Stiles.

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Duos #17 – We Tabletop published 14/04/2020

A tasty comedy 250 times more powerful than Waluigi pinballs: 4 rare nugs from We Tabletop.

Each visual poem is a collaboration between a poet based in London and an artist based in Berlin.

Our work is influenced by Soupault’s travels and Taut’s gardens.

In the 17th of the Duos series, new poetry by Russell Bennetts and Colin Raff.

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