The Poetry of Rearguard Consciousness

The scribble or scrawl is not a secondary product born of distraction, but a primary neurological output triggered when concentration moves downwards, expressing the minds fundamental rhythm of brain to hand movement. The poetry of rearguard consciousness, it is more often a product of writing than visual art. So why does poetry, the language art, not hold scribbling closer to its chest as a mediator of our internal writing rhythm?

 
 

SJ Fowler

 
 

 
 

SJ Fowler

 
 

SJ Fowler

 
 

SJ Fowler

 
 

Image credits (from top to bottom):
1. SJ Fowler, Woob [detail]
2. SJ Fowler, Jerusalem
3. SJ Fowler, Woob
4. SJ Fowler, Light Pollution
5. SJ Fowler, Jerusalem
6. SJ Fowler, Lavender on Instagram

 
 

The Selected Scribbling and Scrawling of SJ Fowler: Asemic Poems will be published by Zimzalla in September 2020 in a second edition – featuring over 100 abstract poems in a dozen sequences, and new essays by David Spittle, Tim Gaze and more.

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This is part of RHYTHM, a section of The Learned Pig devoted to exploring rhythm as individual and collective, as poetic and biological, and the ways that rhythm dictates life. RHYTHM is conceived and edited by Rachel Goldblatt.

 
 

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SJ Fowler

SJ Fowler is a poet and artist. He works in the modernist and avant-garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, theatre, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. He has published various collections of poetry and text, and been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, The British Council, Tate Britain, Liverpool Biennial and Wellcome Collection. He has been translated into 21 languages and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico City to Erbil, Beijing to Tbilisi. He is the poetry editor of 3am magazine, Lecturer at Kingston University, teaches at Tate Modern and is the curator of the Enemies project.