Aletta Ocean's Alphabet Empire
SJ Fowler : Hesterglock Press
Available to purchase here Aletta Ocean's Alphabet Empire is released in a limited-edition first-print of just 40 copies.
A book that asks, abstractly, are letters shaped like bodies? Can words evoke faces, captured in a screen? Who, or what, is assimilating, who or what? Aletta Ocean's Alphabet Empire is a collection of art poems, hand wrought in black, grey, silver and white, fashioned with indian ink, paint and pen, worked with techniques that edge around writing, vying with abstraction, constantly harrying semantic meaning and legibility.
Five years in the making, conceptually this is a book about sex, poetry and pornography and the disconnect between the former and the latter. These pages explore technology in its absence and aim to evidence the power of materiality and the body, and our hands, that are still required for touch.
Aletta... was launched on January 13th at Rich Mix in London, as part of the third Poem Brut event.
Hesterglock press, based in Bristol, is doing brilliant work supporting literary and avant-garde poetry across the UK. More here https://hesterglockpress.wordpress.com/