THE CRANIUM IS A SPACE TRAVELER’S HELMET

MARCUS SLEASE POETRY, NOMADIC SURREALISM, Rides

READING FROM NEW BOOK RIDES IN MY FLAT IN EAST LONDON DOCKLANDS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obmm3xjknAc

“There is only seeing and, in order to go to see, one must be
a pirate”

There are mashups with train rides forwards and backwards all around the U.K.

Rides is part of my nomadic surrealist project.

AVAILABLE OVER HERE:

RIDES

 

 

RIDES

NOMADIC SURREALISM, Rides

My new book is just out! YIPPPIEEE!! Started this in 2008 when I first came to London. Picked it up again in 2012 after coming back from living in Poland and Turkey. It was poems written at tube stops around London. Then poems written on the circle line in London. Finally it became poems written on trains all over the U.K. Sitting backwards on the way there. Sitting forwards on the way back. Some real. Some imagined. What’s the difference? Super happy to have Blart Books publish it. Super happy!! Check it out!! Grab a copy!! It’s poetry for pirates!

Bernadette Mayer, Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett are some of the influences. 


A little more about the book over at H_ngm_n (where some of the poems were also published):

http://h-ngm-n.tumblr.com/post/86997117895/this-poem-this-monster-marcus-slease

Rides
Marcus Slease
There is only seeing and, in order to go to see, one must be
pirate” said Kathy Acker. This is pirate literature. On a train.
Partly inspired by Ted Berrigan’s Train Ride from 1971,
Rides has a reality hunger. A mash up of memories and 
observations on train rides all over the U.K.
“A moving stage theatre,” 
“A special mission with a Mormon bodybuilder,” 
“A donut the size of your face called the TexASS.”
The speaker is “staging the room for their own pornography.”
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise make a special appearance in their epic blockbuster Far and Away on a train from Brighton. Natalie Portman’s dress appears on a train to Brighton. The “psycho southeast harbor” of Folkestone is an inferno of the shirtless being stuffed with chips. In Norwich children slide down a slide into a graveyard.The soundtrack is Pussy Riot and The Raincoats. Rides is a sad romance. “A gravy moat with mash potatoes in the middle.” Personal and personable, the speaker of these poems doesn’t “want to be
clever” they just want “to be real.” Domestic expansive and full
of truth nuggets: If you paint a person / with house paint
they will live / if you don’t paint / the bottom of their feet.”
Here’s Marcus reading a selection from Rides
£7.00
 
 
 

 

MY BOOK RIDES (IN THE TRADITION OF TED BERRIGAN)

MARCUS SLEASE POETRY, NOMADIC SURREALISM, Rides

“I began writing train poems on the London tube in 2008-2009. I sat there scribbling into notebooks as the train went from one stop to the next.” 

I’m talkin about train poems & my process for writing Rides on H_ngm_n magazine today:

http://h-ngm-n.tumblr.com/post/86997117895/this-poem-this-monster-marcus-slease

It is partly inspired by Ted Berrigan’s Train Rides (picture below).

Rides is part of my nomadic surrealist project. It is a lifelong writing project.

 

 

Flarf in Manchester

NOMADIC SURREALISM

Flarf poem plays. Ted Berrigan is in there. And Daniel Day Lewis. And Ian Paisley. And Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, a girl who loves branching, a cow’s wink, mayor Chob, Catherine Chob, Weng, a Scottish soul dancer, a golden horn, carpet trouble, chums, a Gorkha, the mole audace, Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Trieste in Italy, a Russian princess, and a little tiny elephant named Elephanche. The title of the book is Elephanche.

video from the reading:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k50ZyucJXb0

Available from Department Press for £5:

http://departmentzine.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/marcus-slease-sj-fowler-elephanche.html

Contemporary English Poetry and North American influences

NOMADIC SURREALISM

 

 

A nice article today about some of the very best poetry coming from the United Kingdom. And it rocks. Big time! Brilliant!

Some influences of NY school poetry and more.

Check out the article in Jacket 2 magazine:

http://jacket2.org/feature/contemporary-english-poetry-and-north-american-influences

what i’d like for christmas by ted berrigan

NY School Poetry

What I’d Like For Christmas, 1970
by Ted Berrigan


Black brothers to get happy
The Puerto Ricans to say hello 
The old folks to take it easy & 
as it comes 
The United States to get straight 
Power to butt out 
Money to fuck off 
Business with honor 
Religion 
& Art 
Love 
A home 
A typewriter 
A GUN.


 

from Smashing Time! (MIPOesias Chapbook Series)

MARCUS SLEASE POETRY, NOMADIC SURREALISM, Smashing Time

My chapbook Smashing Time is now available for free (digital version). Thank you MIPOesias.

This book was written shortly after returning to live in London. From 2010 to 2011. Influenced by NY School poets (Kenneth Koch, Bernadette Mayer, and Ted Berrigan mostly). Also the buddhism and writing of Philip Whalen. Also my poet friends Tim Atkins and Jeff Hilson.

Ah we are never alone my friends.

Smashing Time is part of my ongoing nomadic surrealist project.

FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD HERE

Cover art by Grzegorz Wroblewski 

MY LATEST NY SCHOOL POETRY BOOKS

NY School Poetry

It is the 28th March. The weather, of course, is mostly overcast. But I am mostly inside so that’s OK. I spend over two hours everyday on trains, commuting to work. Sometimes teaching at two different campuses at different parts of London. So reading, well, it is a form of sanity. I can do a lot of reading on the tube/subway. This week I am going to continue for education in NY School Poetry (or poetry at least inspired by what NY School poetry opened up in terms of possibilities for poetry). I have read many. There is never enough. Eventually I will read something else but it always feels good to get sucked into something and disappear. OK. Maybe not always. But often. Can anything be qualified with the word always. I am not sure.

Here are the four NY School Poetry books for this week’s tube commuting. I managed to check them out from The British Poetry Library at the Southbank. A treasure house of all treasure houses.

Memorial Day (Ted Berrigan and Anne Waldman)

 

The Joe 82 Creation Poems (Rochelle Owens)

New and Selected Padgett (Ron Padgett)

The Collected Kenneth Koch (Kenneth Koch)

 

What’s in your bag?

In Midst of My Nomadic Wanderings A Fresh Watering Hole

NOMADIC TRAVEL WRITING

I found a bit of paradise yesterday.

First, a very cool feast at an Iranian restaurant with my former student from Iran named Ben. Sauces and yogurt drinks and all kinds of amazing bbq’ed meat. Carpets on the ceiling and wall.

Second, cool exhibition of Felix Topolski called Topolski Century. Overground trains shook above us while looking at murals from the 20th century. He was everywhere in the 20th century. Amazing work.

Third, the poetry library on the firth floor of the Royal Albert Hall. Treasures galore! I wanna live in that place. Small press wonders from the 1960’s and beyond! Also a balcony with a view of the Thames and Big Ben. It doesn’t get any better!

Bummer is you can only check out four items. I borrowed:

1) John Wieners The Hotel Wentley Poems (1st edition)

2) A Bernadette Mayer Reader

3) A Secret Location on the Lower East Side (all about the small presses in the 1960-1980)

4) Memorial Day by Ted Berrigan and Anne Waldman (Aleos Books 1971)

One day I want to start collecting my books again. But alas, I am on the move. A nomadic existence.

Really nice to have this amazing resource in London.

Today was uneventful. Off to get bread, cheese, coffee and other essentials then maybe some Six Feet Under.

Not ready for Monday. But who is????