NOMADIC SURREALISM, the green monk

I am very happy and excited to announce my new book, The Green Monk, is now available for pre-order.

The Green Monk is a dreambox or a sweatbox of a sugar skull. A black hole full of hairspray and cigarette butts where the deer are twitching. It is the great urn of space dust where yellow yolk drips down the wall. These poems are migration and immigration across various physical and imaginary, spatial and temporal, fields. Journeys, healings, and transformations. The illusions of self that each new self is born into.

Written between London, Madrid, and Krakow, it engages thrillingly with various surrealist visions of artists and poets, including Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dali, García Lorca, James Tate, and Chika Sagawa. It concerns, variously, erotics, animism & magic, food, death & sublime nature, fairy tales & alchemy, & the wonders of everyday life. It is simultaneously contemporary and ancient, built on visual images and techniques of juxtaposition and collage, accompanied by entertainingly absurd narratives.

“When I read a Marcus Slease poem I am reminded that the world is made up of billions of parts, each with their own soul, each with a great ability to illuminate the sacred while also misbehaving. Slease is a poet who reminds us the wildness of life is not something we can control or even fight against but rather something we should witness and honour.”
– Matthew Dickman, author of Wonderland

Publication date is bonfire night. The 5th of November.

Boiler House Press is the best of what is happening in UK based poetry right now. I am super happy to be included with some stellar poets. And the design is absolutely brilliant. Tactile to say the least. You are gonna love these pages!

The Green Monk is part of a set of five books set to be released on the 5th November.

You can get all five beautifully designed books for £35. Or they are available for £10 individually from Boiler House Press.

THE GREEN MONK by Marcus Slease

RABBIT by Sophie Robinson


SELF HEAL by Samantha Walton






refreshing report from Soundeye 2010


I have often had a discussion with non-poets and their feelings after attending an innovative event (reading or festival) and they reported a feeling of perplexity. Not because they didn’t enjoy the work. Some hated poetry, or at least disliked it, but often really enjoyed the variety of work at an innovative poetry event. No . . . they were asked if they too were a poet and when the said “no, but I enjoy the work” the conversation ended and they felt outed.

It is a silly question but . . . . . . can non-poets attend innovative/experimental poetry events????

Some of these same folks have also mentioned the word “hobby.” And I say no way. it is not a hobby. It is a whole way of life. POETRY is not a hobby damn it. Or maybe being a “language artist” is better than the word poet?

If poetry events become a closed club of self congratulation maybe it resembles a hobby.

or perhaps it is a religion.

We need more candour. We need more connections to the other arts. As quite a few folks have mentioned, innovative poetry could have a much larger audience. Say . . . the audience for innovative jazz, indie music, theatre, and so on.

And haven’t some critiques been written about that whole dichotomy between art and entertainment!!!

While I may not agree with everything written about Soundeye (if I attended this year), it is a step in the right direction.

The Openned community in London gives me hope as well!!!