Four poems by SJ Fowler

Healing as a planet
I saw to it, Ealing as a planet earth
going to its slow growth
a place begging vegetable
sombre, health seeking, much a taste acquired
in time, application & practise
for health in wisdom
big ball of blue veined envy & ambition
missing the high st. when on holidays
you have a home, sad puppet lurch of our heart suburb
red road bezerker
full of family

Nicholas of Healing
Urdu draughtsman in Polish paints perfect
a still life mirror which reflects a further life stare
that just gets up & gets on with it everyday
End of Watch, Alps & Argonauts
true few ways around that kind of heart
is the sturdy a tapir, or a reunion? or a Tetris elephant?
I’d rather be Lenkiewicz than a bank manager
change / or die
the river as a friendly story of a disaster
black green pine trees
forever going to live in Ealing because of money
Russian bear
she is washing her niece’s bear under the glare of her auntie
her niece       is all but eight months old, and all
that wasted soap, but she too is convinced
when the bear smells like
shame               the bear is a government list
writing common sense articles for a liberal russian newspaper
      soon to disappear Ekaterina = FSB, shot in stairwell
torture – OD30 dual text columns (line of questioning)
& in what profession
excitedly I see myself controlling mother
mensmotion with a bayonet
& extracting information through a wet towel
pliers / electrically “the pond is full of birds
& glass”                           Protection for the Viscera

Improvised immortal
not concentrating is drying the sweat
around the brow of the dappled
turns out there are Caligula
covered bonds nesting, getting a metallic
wish   not remaining silent
really not to talk to tinsel rings
a dusty  facade, the glare blinds
not listening to mobile signals
no lofty fingers strangers
foremost rehabilitation on the roadside
to place carefully into a black rubber bag
SJ Fowler is a poet, artist, martial artist & vanguardist. He works in the modernist and avant garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. He has published five books and been commissioned by the Tate, Mercy, Penned in the Margins and the London Sinfonietta. He is the poetry editor of 3am magazine and is the curator of the Enemies project. He is of viking heritage, and his middle name is Björn, which means bear.

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This entry was posted on February 2, 2014 by in poetry.


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