I fear my best work behind me : SJ Fowler
In a limited edition of 100, produced to a remarkable standard by Stranger Press, with dust jacket, over 80 new artpoems / poem bruts / illustrations & child-like portraits, in this debut art book by SJ Fowler. www.poembrut.com/ifear
A book exploring poetry as a fractured, overwhelmed, handwritten victim of colour, brutalist child-like portraiture, abstract illustration and negative space.
I could barely read this, this book changed my life. Tuur Van Balen artist
I'm just messin' about, Karel Appel once said. Nothing was further from the truth.
I'm just messin' about, says SJ Fowler/ Nothing is further from the truth. Bas Kwakman : managing Director Poetry International Rotterdam
i fear my best work behind me presents raw simulation of tentative and tender frailty. The respondent stares at fragments of attachment comprehension lost comprehension, becomes involved in a relationship of mark facture and scripted text applied sequentially or contemporary with each other, scripted in tandem or over the smudge. It is as if the intent has been hidden and that there rests an implicit coded discrepancy in each smudge demanding a decode, a search in the rubble, a decipherment that matches the pages of fleeting uncertainty and assured presentation without transcription. The work shakes with an engagement with these conditions. Allen Fisher poet & artist
"The works call back to the post-war and latter 20th century explorations of Henri Michaux, Jacques Racquet and the CoBrA group especially – Christian Dotremont, Pierre Alechinsky, Asger Jorn, Lucebert, Gerrit Kouwenaars, Karel Appel – who have been enormously influential on my thinking and work. This book is a reconnection to their principles and practises, knowing it to be familiar ground, but one rarely tread and increasingly necessary in a still predominantly colourless medium." SJ Fowler
Published by Leeds-based publisher Stranger Press, who have championed contemporary underground avant-garde British poets in the north west and beyond, I fear my best work behind me makes space around the formal domination of clean, centre aligned poetry. https://strangerpress.com/