The latest issue of the occasional magazine Purge, edited by Robert Hampson has just arrived. Purge 6: hostile environment includes work by Allen Fisher, Drew Milne, Karen Sandhu, David Herd and Amy Evans Bauer among others. My piece ‘She Mick on JB’s Island’ is published as a supplement to this issue.
‘hostile environment’ refers to the expressed policy in 2012 of Theresa May, then Home Secretary. It was her intention to make the UK a hostile environment for migrants and those seeking asylum. In practice, the implementation of this policy distributed the function of border officials into the everyday work of administrators in hospitals, universities, letting agencies etc.
‘She Mick on JB’s Island’ draws on my mother’s experience of migration to the UK in the 1950s, and folds this with a sense of the limiting of expression, silencing of voices, caused by this hostile environment, and the disproportionate impact of the policy on lives of women.
My review of Rowan Evans’ new publication from Guillemot Press, The Last Verses of Beccán is live now on the Stride website.
Lastness, lateness and the left behind are woven through this book, from the title, to references to last things (‘eschaton’), to grave slabs, cemeteries and remains within the shifting sounds and forms of its mix of languages. Here are heard the leftovers of poems written on the edge, in the far outposts of a Christian world, the last place before wide ocean, somewhere to go to escape your fate or to end your days.
Read the rest of the review HERE.
More details of the publication at Guillemot Press.
Volume 7, the latest volume of Emergency Index, “an annual document of performance practice”, has recently been published. Covering 260 works made across 51 countries through 2017, the book gives an overview of activity in live and performance art. My projects, Subject to Gesture, with Benjamin D. Duvall in Liverpool; and Tears in Rain, which was part of Plymouth Art Weekender 2017, are both documented in this publication.
The Ugly Duckling Presse website includes further information on this volume. HERE
I have written a review of Peter Jaeger’s recent publication, Midamble (ifpthenq books, 2018) for the Stride magazine website edited by Rupert Loydell. HERE
Midamble is a walking book, not a book of guided walks, and not a book that discusses techniques or training for walking, but a walking book nonetheless. In two bands of text running continuously through the book we feel walking or we are offered records of sensations and experiences of walking, alongside rhythms and repetitions that echo walking.
The book is available HERE
Some new poems from a sequence in progress – ‘revised dictionary supplement’ – are up now at Rupert Loydell’s Stride Magazine site. The sequence was significantly edited during my residency at Arteles in Finland in November 2018. The texts began as a response to Bruno Munari’s ‘Supplement to the Italian Dictionary’ and explore questions of gesture, bodies, queerness, power and presentation.