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Terrific review of Never Mind the Beasts in Idler magazine by Robert Greer.

“Stylewise it would appeal to fans of both abrupt American Lydia Davis and Soviet absurdist Daniil Kharms . . . A Portrait of the Artist for the Tyskie and Kimchi generation.”

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REVIEW OF THE GREEN MONK

Terrific review by Tom Jenks of my book The Green Monk. You can read it over at Stride magazine. Lydia Davis, Daniil Kharms. Yes please!

The Green Monk is available from Boiler House Press. It has a very nice design. Good to touch. And also read.

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NOMADIC SURREALISM AND THE MOBILE IMAGINATION

“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).

The literary scholar, translator, and poet Piotr Gwiazda wrote a very thoughtful review of my nomadic surrealist work, especially Play Yr Kardz Right.

Also, there is a nice pic of Desperate Literature bookshop. Madrid’s answer to Shakespeare and Company in Paris and where Play Yr Kardz Right was launched.  

The review of my work, entitled”Nomad Life,” is available over here at

Jacket 2.

Mercurius Surreal-Absurd Feature

I am just getting started with the surreal-absurd feature for Mercurius Mag. In the coming weeks, we have some stellar poems from Vik Shirley and Chrissy Williams.

To join the conversation, I have featured a few of my own surreal-absurd tales and prose poems.

Click HERE to read the selection of surreal absurd tales from The Green Monk (Boiler House Press).

Gravity Bubbles

In the heat of the first wave of Lockdown, I participated in an collaboration with the poets Calliope Michail and Chris Gutkind. We decided to call it Gravity Bubbles to emphasize both the gravity of the situation (we were all feeling the heaviness of lockdown in the UK and Spain), and the power of art to lift us, distract, redirect us, recreate us.

The collaboration has just been published at The Babel Tower Notice Board. You can read the collaborative project over here.

Later this year, it will appear in print with Prototype Press, in their annual anthology.

Yeah for indie presses. Yeah for keeping on. Yeah for art and survival.

Isolation Collaboration

My friend in London, Chris Gutkind, created an art project to cope with isolation and lockdown. Photos on a cheapo phone camera. Paying attention to small details around his house. Day to day hopes, despairs, and wonders.

Hopefully it will displayed in a gallery sometime this year.

It is available to view now at PERMEABLE BARRIER (an internet art magazine).

Collaborative Reading with Grzegorz Wroblewski

In 2014, I read with Grzegorz Wroblewski at the Rich Mix in East London.

My poems, from this collaborative reading in 2014, have now been edited into a new manuscript entitled Monkey Magic.

Sometimes it takes a while to find the right frame for a book.

Hopefully someday it will be published.

A recording of our reading is available over at PennSound