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26 poems on 26 films. A slim volume of cinematic poetic ekphrasis. Each poem takes for its subject as a single film and attempts to enact a kind of aberrant intersemiotic translation between the mediums of popular or arthouse cinema and contemporary, modernist poetry. The poems often aim to reimagine moving image in language, to comment, interpret, reflect, embody, distinguish and transpose. They explore films familiar to most, and dig out, often European cinema, known to those only interested in the genre. Strange, playful, amusing and literary, this is another entry into SJ Fowler’s use of poetry to echo and reproduce a subject, a medium, a world.


SJ Fowler is poet, artist and writer. His work has been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, Somerset House, Tate Britain, London Sinfonietta, Southbank Centre, National Centre for Writing, National Poetry Library, Science Museum and Liverpool Biennial amongst others. As of summer 2021, he has published nine collections of poetry, six of artworks, six of collaborative poetry plus volumes of selected essays and selected collaborations. His writing has explored subjects as diverse as prescription drugs, films, fight sports, museums, prisons and animals. His publications with Broken Sleep Books include I Stand Alone By The Devils (2019) and Come and See the Songs of Strange Days (2021).

SJ Fowler - I Stand Alone by the Devils, and other poems on films


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