LYRIKLINE

MARCUS SLEASE POETRY, Rides, Smashing Time

Happy to have my nomadic poetics with Lyrikline from various collections, including Rides (Blart Books) and Smashing Time (miPoesias). Translated into Polish and Danish.

These poems, while nomadic, and also surreal, are also influenced by NY School poetry. Folks such as Eileen Myles, Maureen Owen. Also punk music, like The Raincoats and Pussy Riot. Lots of train rides, also, all over the U.K. (part of my book Rides). And also, Ali Pali, the local big park when I lived in Wood Green, North London.

Thank you Adam Zdrodowski and Louise Rosengreen.

Amazing collection of poets in translation from all over the world:

http://www.lyrikline.org/en/poems/textbook-psychology-12113#.V5dDoZMrJt8

 

SUNDAY NIGHT POEMS FROM THE SPIRIT OF THE BATHTUB

MARCUS SLEASE POETRY, NOMADIC SURREALISM, the spirit of the bathtub

Poems from my ms THE SPIRIT OF THE BATHTUB. Some written in bathtubs of Poland. Some in bathtubs of Sicily. Some in bathtubs of London. part of my ongoing nomadic surrealist project. Influenced by friends and poets such as Peter Jaeger, Jeff Hilson, and Tim Atkins and NY School poets.

 

PAINTING: One Poet’s Notes: The Painter and the Poet: Grace Hartigan and Frank O’Hara

OPPOSING POWER BLOCKS

NY School Poetry

“Too hip for the squares and too square for the hips is a category of oblivion which increasingly threatens any artist who dares to take his own way, regardless of mass public and journalistic approval. And how could it be otherwise in a supremely tribal civilization like ours, where even artists feel compelled to band together in marauding packs, where the loyalty-oath mentality has pervaded other Bohemia, and where Grove Press subway posters invite the lumpenproletariat to join the underground generation as though this were as simple a matter as joining the Pepsi Generation which it probably is.” (from Obituary essay for Frank O’ Hara by John Ashbery)

I write mainstream poetry. So did Frank O’ Hara. So does John Ashbery. So did Allen Ginsberg. And Diane di Prima.

All my heroes are mainstream poets.

They are writing squarely in their time (this is sometimes mistakenly called AHEAD OF THEIR TIME)

They are/were at the centre of contemporary life.

NY School poetry is sometimes called neo-avant garde. Or non-oppositional avant garde.

The branding of avant garde, bohemian, underground, alternative etc. has increased since the 1960’s. In music. In clothing (see Brick Lane in East London). And yes, in poetry, even though it is barely a blip on the radar of contemporary British culture.

On the other side, the so called mainstream, maybe 80% of the so called mainstream British poetry is stuck in the 19th century. The other 20% is just plain boring!

But that might be slowly changing as people might be reading poetry after Eliot. Outside of academies (And A levels and whatever levels).

There is not much interesting British poetry in the later half of the 20th century so maybe that’s why so many poets are still attempting to write like the British Romantics. Or very narrow confined identity driven poetry. YAWN!

But an in-between is happening here. See Nathan Hamilton’s anthology Dear World & Everyone In It.

It has potential. It might become interesting.

The anthology got criticised for not being true to the avant garde tradition in British poetry. For not being true to mainstream British poetry.  For mixing shit up. It was doing something different. Playing a different game!

NY School poetry was playing a different game too!

Of course, there were problems with the anthology in terms of decontextualizing the communities of poets. Community is vital to the arts! Always has been!

But . . .

It seemed a move in an interesting direction!

 Frank O’ Hara, and all the poetry I look to, moves beyond the narrow confines of this or that category. This or that branding. They try to take in everything in their poetry. Contemporary life. The world.  EXPANSIVE POETRY.

Most British poetry is narrow, small self identity driven and pastoral etc.

But most of all IT IS DAMN BORING! Unfortunately a lot of North American poetry is getting more and more boring too (via professionalization competency driven creative writing programs and professional organisations and the contest/award culture).

But maybe that is the way it has been for a very long time. Most poetry is YAWN  despite the hundred of thousands of books of English language poetry published every year. WE JUST HAVE EVEN MORE SHIT NOW THEN EVER. ALL THE GOOD SHIT COMES FROM IN-BETWEEN JUST LOOK AT THE SANDWICH.  POETRY IS NOT BREAD IT’S JAM! JAM MORE POETRY!





UPTIGHT!

NY School Poetry

“We are two poets, Sarah Maguire (Bristol) and Marcus Slease (London) that to put it mildly are sick of traditional intellectual, stiff, PHD driven British poetry and feel obligated to do something …anything ….to make a change. “


CHECK OUT UPTIGHT!

A NEW POETRY AND ARTS COMMUNITY BASED IN BRISTOL, UK AND LONDON, UK.

OUR FIRST EVENT IS COMING UP ON THE 4TH JULY 2014. IN BRISTOL, UK. 

WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

AWESOME POETRY, AWESOME BANDS, AWESOME ART+POETRY FILMS



POETRY RECEIPT SCROLL FROM BRITISH MUSEUM

MARCUS SLEASE POETRY, NOMADIC SURREALISM, Play Yr Kardz Right
Erkembode (DAVID KELLY-MANCAUX) has created a saintly scroll of my poems (a minimalist version of Kerouac’s On the Road).
Erkembode created the poetry scroll while working the gift shop at the British Museum. He said the till was going crazy spewing out poems instead of numbers for receipts.
These poems are conversational vernacular poems. A mix of the bop prosody of Kerouac Ginsberg and the expansive and plainspoken NY School poetry of Frank O’ Hara and Eileen Myles.
But it’s not on the road. It’s in the bathtub and on the train and hanging in my housing estate in east London docklands etc.
Chris Gutkind got a saintly scroll and hung it across his balcony.
A waterfall.
I was very happy to see poems as waterfall. And as receipt scroll.
They are part of my ongoing Nomadic surrealist life project.
And also my book in progress Play Yr Kardz Right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT POPS

NY School Poetry

Ewa is making chapbooks for my Victorian toilet bowl reading with Richard Barrett this Tuesday. Drawings by David Kelly-Mancaux. The Chapbook is called IT POPS. Ewa made a chapbook a few years ago with nail varnish for the cover called Balloons. I think there is a theme. http://www.artslav.com/

Marcus Slease Interview at The Volta

MARCUS SLEASE POETRY, NOMADIC SURREALISM

A BIG THANKS TO JIM GOAR FOR THE GREAT QUESTIONS. WE TALKED ABOUT A LOT. LIKE NY SCHOOL POETS AND PHILIP WHALEN, AND POOR CLAUDIA. ALSO ABOUT NOMADIC POETICS AND TRAVEL AND SURREALISM.

INTERVIEW UP NOW AT THE VOLTA/CONVERSANT

http://theconversant.org/?p=5588