SJ Fowler

Three Poems by SJ Fowler

SJ Fowler

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Incidents of Anti-Semitism


if privileged presents where contact divine 
mediated through a son, then privileges past
expressed in the covenant with a father on isles 
a fact about oneself that cannot be changed
it can either be acknowledged or denied
one can live neither path changes the fact 
one can be despite oneself, the event in petition to which 
is not the eternal presence rather the acknowledgement 
of a fact about the past, of one is bound whether one likes or not.


passport stamped as a guest, 
records guilt 
… art-dealer, 
like a wink, moment of pure weakness
sorrow for the lack longer flowering
with water but with melted goosefat, oil and gels
of the horse houred canvasses
of fear a camera, prospector
a man with near by, buying warehouse for living
on the stinking river no 
he can see we say
an amulet
not a singer, a buyer emptying a glass on a rat
while nettles till the men – all
it says with an eye for out at art
art is sheared, 
no profit tin sent to him by the out
sided, they need to dissolve   to be frugal in a depression
        the stairs are waiting

               let’s huddle   find the glory of the century
in blackout    on the pool      in the serpent


                ‘we don’t know you people’
the heavy footfalls on stone stairs
indicates a poverty of the show
or the approach of an other one
where the yid beat, as in defeated
is a small umbrella shaped stain
a novelist sketching in a margin
fruit of a sea, floating something
Zangwill, as we are to read
less often than should be the case
directed not translated will to our habits
strong hairs, fine nails, salmon cages
three languages as given symbols
the Spanish, the roman toss
mile end in shadow of flat plates
Sassoon david Sassoon & means much
to us, as it should, with bones
being there as in all for all

SJ Fowler

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 3:AM Magazine and is the curator of the Enemies project. He is a full time employee of the British Museum and is undertaking a PhD at the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, University of London.