“Destroyer and Preserver” was written in Madrid in 2016, near La Elipa metro stop. It was my first year in Madrid, and Spain in general, and it was a very windy day. The rats were scuttling behind the dumpsters and some older couples were linking arms leaning into the wind. I ducked under an awning and began scribbling. Of course the poet Shelley came to mind. He wrote “Ode to the West Wind.” Maybe you know it?
So yeah transience. Change. It is good to remember. Life. What is it. How does it blow?
The prose poem merged with my novel manuscript The Autobiography of Don Whiskers.
Then it became part of an album called Never Mind the Beasts (available over at Bandcamp). A collaboration with the U.K. musician, artist, and writer Stephen Emmerson.
Take a listen over here to the track over here:
Destroyer and Preserver
Folk surrealism. Experimental electronic. Magical realism. Immigrant stories. Outsider art. A journey!!
A collaboration between UK musician Stephen Emmerson and Madrid-based writer and performer Marcus Slease.
Available over at Bandcamp:
(album cover by outsider artist Grzegorz Wroblewski)
FANTASTIC NIGHT OF READINGS WITH BLART PRESS AND HOME BAKED BOOKS AT HARDY TREE GALLERY FOR MAHU!!! MORE COMING UP. YES! http://hardytreegallery.com/
SUNDAY 7TH JUNE 2015
left to right:
Chris Stephenson, Richard Barrett, Marcus Slease, Stephen Emmerson, Cathy Weedon, MJ Weller, SJ Fower
It was an absolutely terrific night! SOOOOOOOOO happy to have my poem commissioned for Hrabal night at Horse Hospital in London and to perform with awesome poets, actors, and artists. I love Hrabal.
So many great performers/readers, including:
Eva Danickova, Josh Alexander, Lucinka Eisler, Stephen Emmerson, Tom Jenks, Zoe Skoulding, and more!
Organised by SJ Fowler and Czech Centre London.
Here is my reading at The Horse Hospital