051: SJ Fowler – Selected Scribbling and Scrawling


Selected Scribbling and Scrawling. Scrawlpoems, scribblepoems, asemic poems, pansemic poems, doodle poems and other messes. Click here to buy and here for a rapid-fire sample.

The scribble or scrawl is not a secondary product born of distraction, but a primary neurological output triggered when concentration moves downwards. 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? This selection of SJ Fowler’s scribbles and scrawls eschews tradition and lets the line loose, bringing the wandering shapes of letters and words back to the forefront. Chosen from over 1,300 works spanning 11½ years, touching upon asemic and pansemic writing, widely varying in tone, density, form and character, this book shows SJ Fowler’s fundamental impatience and childishness.

Steven J Fowler is a writer and artist who works in poetry, fiction, theatre, video, photography, visual art, sound art and performance. He has published multiple collections of poetry and artworks, and been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, Tate Britain, the London Sinfonietta, Wellcome Collection and Liverpool Biennial. His visual art has been exhibited at the V&A, Hardy Tree Gallery and Mile End Art Pavilion.http://www.stevenjfowler.com/