S.J. Fowler

S. J. Fowler

b. 1983


S. J. Fowler's poems deal with disjunctions and interjections. They present us with a world that moves fast and often violently, where the lyrical impulse flowers, breaks and flowers again, too briefly to assert its full syntactic argument....Fowler's poetics are an open space packed with brilliant intensities. — George Szirtes


About S. J. Fowler

S. J. Fowler is a poet, artist, martial artist & vanguardist. He works in the modernist and avant-garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. He has published six collections of poetry, and has been commissioned by the Tate, Highlight Arts, Mercy, Penned in the Margins and the London Sinfonietta. His work has been translated into thirteen languages, and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico City to Erbil, Iraq. He is the poetry editor of 3AM magazine, and the curator of the Enemies project.

Fowler’s poetry has become notorious for its copiousness and range, with each of his books taking a new subject and employing a different approach, from addressing the suppressed histories of the museum industry (Red Museum), to tackling the brutalities of American prisons (Minimum Security Prison Dentistry). A near constant in Fowler’s work is its combative stance, particularly towards the limiting and detrimental effects that he perceives the dominance of a conventional lyrical mode have had on the reception of experimental and non-English language poetry in Britain. His productivity and sometimes bracing directness can be viewed in terms of a refusal of the tactics of restraint and allusion valued by the mainstream of British poetry. But to over-emphasis this would be to downplay the generosity and fundamentally outward-looking nature of his work.

Fowler’s interest in European avant-garde traditions emphasises the inclusive and many-registered qualities of his own poems, selected here from several strands of his output. His delivery of his poems – matter-of-fact, almost casual – belies the cautious, considered and sustained interrogation his work makes of its serious and demanding subjects: violence, power and its abuses, and the role of art in responding to the horrors of twentieth century European history. Throughout the variety and virtuosity on display, his insistence of discovering treatments of these subjects that are imaginative and bold, yet never flippant or presumptuous, emerges as his over-arching concern.

This recording was made for The Poetry Archive on 1 August 2014 at Soundhouse and was produced by Anne Rosenfeld.

(Enthusiasm), Test Centre, 2015

The Rottweiler’s Guide to the Dog Owner, Eyewear,...

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Enemies, Penned in the Margins, 2013

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Recipes, Red Ceilings, 2012

Minimum Security Prison Dentistry, Anything Anymore...

Fights, Veer, 2011

Red Museum, Knives Forks and Spoons, 2011

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Dear World and Everyone In It, Bloodaxe, 2013

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Prizes

2014 Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem Commendation

2014 White Review Short Story Prize Shortlist

Recordings

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2The Roman Wife

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3Memling

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4A Burned Ground

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5Native

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6Tring

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7Treasure

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8Insects

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9Trepidation

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10from the Rasenna - Poem 10

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11M I T

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12The Interrupters

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13The Liver Fluke Cometh

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14Though it hasn’t gone very well

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15Mercenary

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16The bleached is not a white

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17Aboriginal prisoners of war

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18Over me climbed the brand

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19High tails for rabbits

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20Rice paddies

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21Endure no comets

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22You can’t hear nothing

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23No limit to the resources

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24Further nosebleeds

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25Great scandal catches

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26Quidstant in 4 parts

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27Cartels

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28Burn museum

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29cob

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30tomtit

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31lark

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32row

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33tattoos

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35cartographic record

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36headlines

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37naazim richardson to shane mosley between rounds 4 and 5

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38Katsidis to Guerrero, April 9th 2011

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39death of the fire god

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40from Incidents of anti-semitism - number 56

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41from Incidents of anti-semitism - number 132

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42from Incidents of anti-semitism - number 25

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45from Incidents of anti-semitism - number 07

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47from Incidents of anti-semitism - number 01

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48from Incidents of anti-semitism - number 70

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49the Eighth deathly sin - Patience

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50O Gott hute

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51a recipe for Bramley apfel pie

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52a recipe for Sloppy Paella

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53a recipe for Peach Melba

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54a recipe for Pistachio Baklawa

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55a recipe for Cheery Tartlets

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56a recipe for Beef Boigers

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57a recipe for Priapism

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58a recipe for Almond Milk

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59a recipe for White Fish

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60highlander was schooling

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61masterblaster is half of something T want

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62there are the rich with us

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63in the summer of 1967

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64the new character in the film of his life

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65the death of photojournalism at the hands of rupert murdoch

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66Calling the doctor makes me feel better

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67They let me have his books

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68from The Wrestlers, Poem III

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69The Baratheon Estate

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70The Karstark Estate

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71The Marquess Estate (now demolished)

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Books by S. J. Fowler