Bastard Poems Launch

Monday 2nd August was publication date for Bastard Poems, a substantial collection of collage poems by SJ Fowler. We celebrated the occasion with an evening of incredible readings and performances at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, bringing a bit of mad energy to that august establishment!

I felt very lucky to have had the opportunity to publish Steve’s book, and to take part in such a vibrant launch event, my first in-person reading since before the pandemic.

You can watch all the performances from the launch here. And then you really should buy Bastard Poems, one of the most original, funny, provocative, nonchalant, playful, heterogeneous, gestalt, paradoxical books of visual poetry you are likely to find.

Anthology: call for submissions

Our first publishing venture is a print anthology of apocalyptic visual poetry, which will be published in January 2021.

Submission guidelines

Please email up to four visual poems to James Knight at steelincisors@gmail.com. Please make sure your work connects strongly with the theme of the apocalypse, and displays the daring, imagination and technical skill we are looking for.

Each visual poem should be a high resolution PNG or JPEG.

We welcome work in colour.

The file name of each piece should be the title.

Please write a brief cover letter, including the following:

• The title of each piece

• The materials used to make each piece (e.g. tablet computer, printed materials, acrylic paint, etc)

• A brief explanation of your thinking behind each of your visual poems (no more than 30 words per piece).

• A brief author bio, in the third person.

Deadline for submissions is 30 November 2020, after which poets will be contacted regarding the status of their submissions.

The anthology will be published in January 2021, through a print-on-demand service. The purchase price will cover printing costs only, so no profit will be made and no author royalties generated. I’m doing it this way because I want to make the anthology as affordable as possible; given the economic consequences of Covid-19 and Brexit, affordability is an issue the publishing world cannot ignore. I am afraid that I am unable to offer free copies of the anthology to the poets whose work is included in it, but they can of course purchase it at cost price. I really want people to get involved in this project out of love for visual poetry and a desire to create dangerous, exciting work, rather than a desire for remuneration.

– James Knight, August 2020