New Prim & Proper by SJ Fowler : Hesterglock Press
Launched at Rich Mix, London on March 16th 2018
A book about the obscure, inarticulate movement of the hand, writing, lining, drawing – deliberately plain, worked, smoggy. A book about the grid, the box, the cloud, the tree, where the words are meant to make you squint, to battle for legibility, rather than you be able to pinch and extend your thumb and forefinger against the page to get a closer look. Handwriting illustrates, it is more interesting than type, as are crossings out, as are notes, strange lines, grids made with rulers - constant gestures toward the homemade, the amateur, towards composition and motion. Towards liquid and wood, attractive ugliness, toilet wall draughtsmanship, doodled portraits, minor collage.
Three works from the book can be found here, published by Hotel magazine
Hesterglock press, based in Bristol, is doing brilliant work supporting literary and avant-garde poetry across the UK. More here https://hesterglockpress.wordpress.com/