From this year in-between brushing my teeth:
BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS
Miss Anthropocene (Mermaid Motel)
a selection of short lyric, ‘ethereal nu metal’ poems responding to the Elon Musk/Grimes complex.
Sonnets for Hooch – with Mau Baiocco and Kyle Lovell (Fathomsun Press)
An ongoing pamphlet series of sonnets attuned to the weirding seasons: what started as an internet joke about alcopops and longing as a keystone for exploring adolescent malaise, nostalgia and resilience thru civic space and Friendship. Current editions available are Lemon Bloom Season and Summertime Social. Two more instalments are forthcoming in association with Rat Press and Mermaid Motel.
Polychromatics (Legitimate Snack)
A pamphlet-length poem about colour, cetaceans and cosmic twilight, inspired by Walter Benjamin and a sculptural and textile works by the artist Anna Winberg.
Soft Friction – with Kirsty Dunlop (Mermaid Motel)
Soft Friction is an intimate gathering of dreams from 2018, written during a summer of ‘existential soup’, fainting at gigs, pulling all-nighters and panic surrealism. Extracted from a longer diary, these fragments wear the sensuality and sass of an active dream life shared between two people getting high on each others’ brains.
The Palace of Humming Trees (Sundays)
Edited and typeset by Katie O’Grady with visual identity by Paul Smith, this book-length poem features illustrations by Jack O’Flynn plus a curator’s word from Katie O’Grady and collaborative mixtapes. Set in the speculative locale of The Palace of Humming Trees, the poem is a jaunt through weird nature’s arc of glass, following the desire lines of hyperfoxes, sunburst melancholia and corona correspondence. Also available as a free pdf.
The Luna Erratum (Dostoyevsky Wannabe)
The Luna Erratum, Maria Sledmere’s debut poetry collection, roams between celestial and terrestrial realms where we find ourselves both the hunter and hunted, the wounded and wounding. Through elemental dream logics of colour, luminosity and lagging broadband, this is a post-internet poetics which swerves towards the ‘Other Side’: a vivid elsewhere of multispecies relation, of error and love, loss and nourishment.
‘The Rosarium’ for Zoee’s album, Flaw Flower (Illegal Data)
A lyric sequence responding to the glistening pop garden of Zoee’s debut record Flaw Flower. Available as an A6 booklet as part of the limited edition album bundle.
The Palace of Humming Trees with Jack O’Flynn and Katie O’Grady (French Street Studios)
A collaborative project with artist Jack O’Flynn and curator Katie O’Grady which took place April to August 2021 and was showcased at French Street Studios in Glasgow. Featuring new works of poetry, sculpture, illustration and multisensory dreamscapes (from mixtapes to Tarot readings), we offered a ‘tenderly crumbling foliage’ of visual and sonic otherworlding.
The Dream Turbine with A+E Collective and The NewBridge Project
This online installation explores the relationship between sustainability and dreaming, offering a space to collectively share dreams and promote discussions surrounding these broader topics. The Dream Turbine was conceived by A+E Collective in collaboration with Niomi Fairweather and Jessica Bennett, as part of the Overmorrow Festival. I contributed to a preparatory DreamPak of resources and the curation of a Dream Vault and associated ‘Lost in the Dreamhouse’ workshop on Zoom.
Cauliflower Love Bike Episode 1: Play with A+E Collective
While play might be co-opted for capitalism, true play is that which exceeds instrumentalism and commodification. This episode reclaims play from its dialectical relation with work, exploring play as a practice and thought-mode that is capable of radical sensing, temporal sabotage, tenderness, sociality and a joyous excess that is also low-carbon. The podcast series was launched at COP26 in the Rachel Carson Centre’s pop-up exhibition at New Glasgow Society.
Article: ‘Hypercritique: A Sequence of Dreams for the Anthropocene’ in Coils of the Serpent Issue 8
An in-depth venturing through the possibilities of hypercritique, featuring readings of Billie Eilish, Sophia Al-Maria, Ariana Reines and more; plunging through dream, fire and the heartwood of anthropocene imaginaries.
“Just to distract you like the inside”: a correspondence wrapped up in Bernadette Mayer’s poetry, in post45, Bernadette Mayer cluster (with Colin Herd)
An epistolary collaboration which wraps and unwraps itself in and around the poetry of Bernadette Mayer, as part of a special cluster issue on Bernadette’s work.
‘I, Cloud: Staging Atmospheric Imaginaries in Anthropocene Lyric’, Moveable Type, Issue 13
Tracing the possibilities of ‘cloud writing’ in anthropocene lyric by way of Brian Eno, Mary Ruefle, Anna Gurton Wachter and more, asking what kinds of reading are possible or desirable in a medial world of thick atmospheres.
- ‘It Isn’t the Mist’, part of special article ‘Why I Choose Poetry (What’s Nation Got to Do with It? What’s Gender Got to Do with It?): A Collective Poetry-Essay by 21 Poets Encountered in Scotland (2016–19)’, ed. by Jane Goldman, Contemporary Women’s Writing
- ‘Lower Your Cortex’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Selected Ambien Worms’, ‘Aspartame Labour’, ‘Orchil’, ‘Olafur Eliasson’, in Litmus: the lichen issue
- ‘Am I to be nowhere, gently?’ in collaboration with Scott Morrison for SPAM Plaza
- ‘Ode to the Yamaha SPX90’, ‘Butterfly Pea Flowers, Light Years Away’ and ‘LA in November’ in THE MOON AND THE ECHO: responses to The Moon and The Melodies (1986) by Harold Budd and Cocteau Twins (Pilot Press, 2021)
- ‘Glitch Meridian’, ‘Small Deciduous Trees’ and three images in Tentacular issue 7
- ‘FOUR STRAWBERRIES ARE ALSO JEALOUS: A CASCADE’ in Virtual Oasis (Trickhouse Press)
- ‘Heaven’s Expense’, ‘Lark’ & ‘Nuptials’ in Hotel
- ‘from A Sun Journal‘ and ‘TEEN CANTEEN’ in Babel Tower Notice Board
- ‘Self Portrait at 27’ in MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture
- ‘But the Hard Glass’ + 3 images in ‘Blue and Green Project’
- ‘Lifestream’ in Scottish Poetry Library Poems of the Year 2020
- ‘When is the Best Time to Announce a Floral Pregnancy?’ in PROTOTYPE 3
- ‘Meadow Talk’, in MAGMA Anthropocene issue
- ‘Big Natural Course’, with fred spoliar, Babel Tower Notice Board
- Meadow Fractals for A Soft Landing
ESSAYS AND OTHER ERRATA
‘On Foam’ for Futch Press
Feature: A conversation with Kinbrae and Clare Archibald ‘Tangents: letters on Etel Adnan’: a correspondence with Katy Lewis Hood in MAP Magazine (part 1) (part 2) (part 3)
‘‘Now now is everything’: Maria Sledmere on two maximalist poets of the Anthropocene’, Poetry London issue 99
‘Cloud Shifts’ BlueHouse Journal
Anam Creative Launch for MAP Magazine
Cover for Katy Lewis Hood’s Bugbear (Veer2)
Cover for fred spoliar’s With the Boys (SPAM Press)
Cover for SPAM Press Season 5 Pamphlet series