Poem Brut at Rich Mix : November 25th 2017 : 7pm - Free entry
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk/events/spoken-word/poem-brut-i

An literary event celebrating of the visual, visceral, messy, handwritten and colourful in poetry with new unique commissions from writers exploring alternate ways of making literature. Each presentation will be different from the last, with readings, performances and talks alongside pop up exhibits, interactions, video poems and interactions. 

Featuring new work from Harry Man, Imogen Reid, Stephen Emmerson, Hiromi Suzuki, Paul Hawkins, Chloe Spicer, Kate Wakeling, Christian Patracchini, Patrick Cosgrove and Christopher Stephenson and more. Commissions include explorations of erasure and lettering, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and poetry, conceptual editing and the poem as gif. More info below.

The event will also be the launch of SJ Fowler's book I fear my best work behind me with Stranger Press. The event is free, doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. 

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Imogen Reid : Work in Progress In obstructing the reader’s ability to draw on his or her established reading habits, and effectively resisting passive assimilation, each text aims to draw the reader’s attention to the structures that usually underpin conventional reading practice; to the material properties of the printed page, and the margins that surround it, for example, the running headers and pagination, to paragraph length, side notes and the tactile qualities of the paper itself, etc. Utilizing visual technique to cut across and alter the pace and line of reading/speaking, each text effectively encourages the reader to physically engage with it, to feel the halting sentence structures, to experience the unexpected variations in vocal rhythm and intonation generated in the reader’s encounter with it. In so doing each text aims to incite alternative, interactive, embodied forms of reading/speaking practice."


Paul Hawkins : coach house series
working the borderline w/cut-up text, paint, glue, sellotape & found cardboard. 

Hiromi Suzuki - Moonbeams, Persona, la nuit and so on
7 GIFs of visual poetry like silent films by hiromi suzuki. 

Stephen Emmerson - Liminal
A series of works investigating the spaces in between thinking, writing and performing. 

Kate Wakeling - Nak Deddo
A series of texts and soundscapes made in collaboration with an infant.

Harry Man - Brocas Systems Hijack
Using techniques developed in consultation with educational psychologists, Harry Man will present new work that hijacks the systems he has developed to cope with his dyslexia including visual mnemonics, mind maps and poems with algorithmically-led construction.


Patrick Cosgrove - CLUTCH BOY ETC
Theme park repetitions release found sound death drive. Includes walking “poems”/ collaboration with 8 year old son.

Christian Patracchini TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT Terms of Engagement is a performance that considers specific modes of attention related to the perceptual and cognitive processing of spatial values in visual poetry.

More from Chloe Spicer and Christopher Stephenson



Imogen Reid completed a practice-based PhD at Chelsea College of Arts, her practice being writing. Her thesis focused on the ways in which film has been used by novelists as a resource to transform their writing practice, and on how the non-conventional writing techniques generated by film could, in turn, produce alternative forms of readability. Among the writers explored during the course of her research were: William S. Burroughs, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Don DeLillo, Marguerite Duras, and Michel Butor. Her work has appeared in issue three of Partisan Hotel magazine, issue five of LossLit, and in 3AM magazine. She has work forthcoming in issue nine of Gorse Journal, and in issue four of The Projectionist’s Playground. She is a member of The Reader’s Union at Copy Press.

Paul Hawkins - Poet, text artist & collaborator sometimes known as bob modem &/or haul pawkins. Recent collaborative work: diisonance w/steve ryan, & an ongoing experimental collaboration with Portugese text artist/poet bruno neiva, sometimes under the guise of Servant Drone. www.hesterglock.net

Harry Man’s most recent pamphlet Finders Keepers, a collaboration with the artist Sophie Gainsley, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2016 and for The Sabotage Award for Best Collaborative Work in 2017. He was a 2016 Clarissa Luard Award Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence. He is a regular collaborator with his partner the Canadian contemporary dance choreographer Jennifer Essex. You can find more of his work at www.manmadebooks.co.uk

Hiromi Suzuki is an illustrator, poet, artist living in Tokyo, Japan. 
A contributor to the Japanese poetry magazine "gui" (run by members of the Japanese "VOU" group of poets, founded by the late Kitasono Katue). 
Author of 'Ms. cried', 77 poems by hiromi suzuki (kisaragi publishing, 2013 ISBN978-4-901850-42-1).  web site : hiromisuzukimicrojournal.tumblr.com

Stephen Emmerson is the author of Telegraphic Transcriptions, Family Portraits, and The Journal of Baal. 

Kate Wakeling is a poet and musicologist. A pamphlet of her poetry, The Rainbow Faults, is published by the Rialto and her debut collection of poetry for children, Moon Juice, won the 2017 CLiPPA prize. She is currently a research fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. www.katewakeling.co.uk

Patrick Cosgrove is a house husband, poet and visual artist. He has had works published in Cafe Irreal, Sein und Werden, Magma and Lighthouse Literary Journal. Visual material has appeared in DIAGRAM magazine and the Visual Poetry exhibition at Museum of Futures. His most recent work was a contribution to a pamphlet accompanying artist Stuart Mckenzie’s solo show Sesame Street.

Christian Patracchini is an artist, writer and curator, working across different art forms, projects alternate between performances, text based work, sound and drawing. He has recently completed Knots a new writing project presenting a collection of one line poems and aphorisms exploring the notion of the event in the making. He is the founder of ZenoPress an independent publisher. www.christianpatracchini.com

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