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Marcus Slease is the author of 15 books. His latest book, Never Mind the Beasts, begins in Portadown, Northern Ireland during the Troubles, & details the author’s move with his family, as a small boy, first to Milton Keynes and then to Las Vegas before documenting his further solo travels trying to survive on the meagre pickings of a writer whilst teaching English as a second language in everywhere from South Korea, Poland to Turkey and, latterly, Spain (Madrid and Barcelona).

Marcus is based in Barcelona, Spain and teaches English at an international high school.

Posts of Interest

Love is to Spoon as Rock is to Chip

Oct 8, 2020

After Turkey, and a stint of dog walking in Italy, he moves to London, falls in love, lands a gig as an adjunct professor at an American style university in London. He feels a sense of community with the avant garde poetry community and starts to write a novel from his experiences living in various countries. Feels the joy of NY school poetry. His brother, in Utah, dies suddenly from an overdose and he visits his family for the first time in over seven years.

Nomadic Surrealism and the Mobile Imagination

June 21, 2018

“Slease refuses the comforts of rootedness, stability, permanence. In doing so, he represents what the philosopher Rose Braidotti identifies as the model of nomadic subjectivity “in flux, never opposed to a dominant hierarchy yet intrinsically other, always in the process of becoming, and perpetually engaged in dynamic power relations both creative and restrictive.” For many years now this “world alien,” as he jokingly calls himself in the interview with Wetherington, has been writing poems that celebrate flexible identity and mobile imagination. Equally introspective and retrospective, Play Yr Kardz Right beautifully illustrates his nomadic poetics” (Piotr Gwiazda in Jacket 2).

They Used to Call Me Chisel Face

An excerpt from my novel in progress, The Dreamlife of Honey, in Lighthouse: A Journal of New Writing (Norwich, U.K.)