The Poet’s Brut : a group exhibition : The Poetry Society Cafe
Now extended July 1st to August 31st 2019
22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX
Opening Hours 11am to 10pm Monday to Saturday
with visual poems by Imogen Reid, Karen Sandhu, Chris McCabe, Patrick Cosgrove, Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset, Astra Papachristodoulou, Paul Hawkins.


Brand new works exhibited by eight of the UK’s most exciting contemporary poets. Poem Brut project has generated over a dozen events since 2017, alongside multiple exhibitions, workshops, conferences, publications and over 1000 submissions to its 3ammagazine series. It advocates for an artistic creative writing, a visual literature, a concrete poetry – poetry that embraces colour, the handwritten, the composed, the abstract, the scribbled, the noted, the illustrated. Poem Brut affirms the possibilities of the page, the pen, and the pencil (and the crayon) for the poet in a computer age, and celebrates these ideas in the live realm alongside the two dimensional. This group show evidences a new generation of poets working in old traditions often forgotten or nudged into the realm of modern art.

Join us at the launch event and reading on Monday 8 July 2019, 7pm doors for 7.30pm start at The Poetry Café, London. Free Entry

On the works :

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Title: Text(ile) by IMOGEN REID
About: Overprinted and hard to read: A tangled tale that resists the tongue, a printed text(ile) lodged within the texture of the page.
Bio: Imogen Reid's practice-based PhD focused on the use of cinematic techniques in writing, and on the unconventional forms of readability generated by those techniques.

title: backwash live in a room by PAUL HAWKINS
about: delivering future tense, playing space-pad batchelor-age musik
bio: Paul Hawkins works mainly in poetry, visual art & performance. He co-runs Hesterglock Press, publishing mostly the avant-garde // the future

Title: Stargazing Vignette I by ASTRA PAPACHRISTODOULOU
About: Layers of acetate sheets and ink against card (54cm x 54cm)
Bio: Astra Papachristodoulou is an experimental poet and artist based in London. She tweets at @heyastranaut. 

Title : Blue O by CHRIS MCCABE
about : A visual translation of a translation of Rimbaud's poem 'Voyelles' (one in a series of five works)
bio : Chris McCabe’s work crosses artforms and genres including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama and visual art.  

Title : say what you see / see what you say by SIMON TYRRELL
About : Explores the role of trust and convention in our choice of the words and marks we use to render meaning.
Bio: Simon Tyrrell has always loved words and, since the publication of his first poem at the age of seven, he has been using them to celebrate the language, signs and symbols that help us make sense of our relationships with each other and the time and space we share.

Title: Craggy Rifts by KAREN SANDHU
: A repeated black and white image of the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The print is accompanied by an ecopoem documenting the geological ruptures and transitions as seen through the eyes of visiting tourists. 
Bio: Karen Sandhu is a poet and book artist. She has performed her poetry at Institute of Contemporary Arts, Camden People’s Theatre (London), Arnolfini (Bristol) and Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris). Twitter: @k_ren_sandhu Instagram: karen_sandhu_words_objects

Title(s): Muzzle Test/ Rapid Response by PATRICK COSGROVE
About: part of a series of redirected diagrams exploring the boundaries between the body, biology and technology.
Bio: Patrick Cosgrove is an artist and poet. He has performed at various Poem Brut events.

Title : Mendacious Morphology (Do Not Read) by VILDE VALERIE BJERKE TORSET
About : Three ink works playing with the consequences of medium as context and the aesthetic of abstract semiology.  
Bio : vvbt is a spanish norwegian poet, artist and actor living in london. her book ‘swallowing feathers’ was published by sampson low ltd (2019) while her pamphlet ‘no tittle’ came out with penteract press (2019). other publications include works in 3:AM Magazine, Ren Sommer, Utflukt and Literratura.

HARD TO READ - Collected Paint Poems, Poet Portraits & Pansemia of SJ FOWLER // Rich Mix Gallery 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA (downstairs from the Indigo Cafe)

December 9th 2017 to january 14th 2018
with a special view performance event on January 13th 2018 scroll down for videos of performances

Once we understand excess, then we can get really simple.
                                                                           Robert Rauschenberg


From the gallery "Collecting together the art poetry of SJ Fowler, this solo exhibition aims to pose several questions of the poem as a concrete, visual thing in the world. What is in the shape of a letter and what images do words recall? What is the meaning of colour in poetry and text upon the page, and white space? How does the situation of a poem change its meaning? Why is composition not a concept that applies to a medium that is innately visual? In literature, why has content overwhelmed context? Why has product dominated process? HARD TO READ poses these questions and answers them poorly, playfully, with over 40 original works drawn from multiple publications and previous exhibitions - works that interrogate handwriting, abstraction, illustration, asemic and pansemic writing, scribbling, crossings out, forgotten notes, strange scrawls - the odd interaction between paper and pen, and pencil, and coloured words that randomly collide with image recalling words."


Including works from the books I fear my best work behind me (Stranger Press 2017), Aletta Ocean's Alphabet Empire (Hesterglock Press), The Collected Scribblings of SJ Fowler (Zimzalla 2018), all Poem Brut publications.