Along with many other really interesting poems by others I have a poem in a new anthology exploring the work of Aphex Twin. My poem Drbkqs Rlmpxld (L+7) is a remix of Aphex Twin’s album Drukqs.
It was a poem that allowed me to carry out a method I’ve been wanting to apply for years now but have never found the right context for. So thank you to the editors - Rishi Dastidar & Aaron Kent - for the direction!
Taking the track titles from the Aphex Twin double-album Drukqs (many of which look like unreadable computer code) I applied an L+7 on certain letters in a systematic way. That is to say I moved each letter forward 7 in the alphabet, e.g. A becomes H. On the majority of the Aphex Twin track titles I changed the consonants only, following the procedure, and leaving his vowels. When there were numbers in track titles I changed just the vowels and moved the number forward 7; the remix tracks where numbers appear end up having no vowels in them at all (there are a couple of errors in the poem, it's a hell of a thing to edit). Interestingly, using L+7 emulates methods that Aphex Twin uses to generate track titles; like on I Care Because You Do where some of the songs are anagrams of his name. As far as I’m aware this is the first time an L+7 has been carried on any text.
A couple of examples of the remixes:
Consonant switch - Jynweythek Ylow becomes Qfudefaoer Fsod
Vowel and number switch - Omgyjya-Switch7 becomes Vmgyjyh-Swptch14
You’ve got so many machines, Richard: an anthology of Aphex Twin poetry is out now from Broken Sleep books https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/product-page/you-ve-got-so-many-machines-richard-an-anthology-of-aphex-twin-poetry
I've been working with Matt Dalby over the last month on some poetry-walking/walking-poetry for this live event. Loads of great poets to hear. Come along on to The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Friday October 1st : 7pm doors : Free entry.
More details here - https://www.europeanpoetryfestival.com/manchester21
Patricia Farrell and Michael Egan
Ailsa Holland and David Gaffney
Tom Jenks and SJ Fowler
JT Welsch and Colin Herd
Robert Sheppard and Joanne Ashcroft
Lydia Unsworth and Sarah Clare Conlon
Callie Michail and Scott Thurston
David Spittle and Stephen Sunderland
James Davies and Matt Dalby
On July 20th 1841 the poet John Clare decided to ‘escape’ the asylum in The High Beech in Epping Forest, Essex, where he was interned, some 100 or so miles away from his beloved home in the village of Northborough, just outside of Peterborough and go home. He trudged the distance without food or money, sleeping rough – it took him four days. His journey is detailed in his diary Journey out of Essex. In 2000 Iain Sinclair also walked Clare’s route – with some minor changes – documenting it in his excellent book The Edge of the Orison – the phrase ‘The Edge of the Orison’ is taken from Clare’s writings. The diary at Junction Box records a similar walk that I took between 19-23 October 2019.
You can read it HERE
I interviewed Lucy about her 6 favourite books of poetry as guest host on this new poetry podcast. Lucy chose poems by Katy Bohinc, Lisa Roberton, Chelsey Minnis, Richard Makin, Mira Mattar and Rilke.
The link is HERE
Review of Philip Terry's A Handbook of British Birds and Peter Jaeger's English Trees: A Brexit Poem
‘Bee-eater’ and ‘Rook’ Terry writes, ‘white‘Bee-eater’ and ‘Rook’ Terry writes, ‘whitebeam’ and ‘fig’ writes Jaeger.beam’ and ‘fig’ writes Jaeger.
Read more of my review of these two excellent books at The Babel Tower Notice Board HERE
'Three of my earliest published works: The Manual Handling Process, Acronyms and Plants deal with trying 'not' to say.'
Substantial interview about my poetry over the years - http://robmclennan.blogspot.com/2021/03/12-or-20-second-series-questions-with_30.html
One of my poems from Forty-Four Poems and a Volta is in Chrissy Williams' excellent Perverse magazine. It's presented in the form of a mobile. It has something to do with the British Empire, Philip K. Dick and species extinction. https://perverse.substack.com/p/perverse-5a?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email&utm_source=twitter
'Having read both these books across a couple of weekends, I’m now clear that I’m reading my current state of mind through them. Of course, contemporary poetry is the perfect genre through which this happens. Abstracted or context-loose signs allow the mind to re-thread what remains concrete, black and white, on the page.'
More here - LINK
A thorough and poignant review of my novel The Wood Pigeons by Billy Mills - https://ellipticalmovements.wordpress.com/2020/11/18/recent-reading-november-2020/. The book is available from great Dostoevsky Wannabe.
Here's an excerpt - 'the opening phrase ‘The living room’ implies a whole world outside, a house, other rooms, a kind of suburban normality. When this changes to ‘The room’, the world narrows to an enclosed box, with the outside present but unknown, and the text takes on something of the nature of a Becket play without words.'
My two ‘William Carlos Williams’ poems, entitled The wind was so strong & So the water arose in little splashes, are now published in the excellent Adjacent Pineapple Six, new issue. It’s not often that I manage to write discrete poems anymore and it’s a satisfying feeling to do so. Thanks to Colin Herd for publishing them. The poems are available here - https://www.adjacentpineapple.com/latest-issue