Marcus Slease (JJ Mars) is a (mostly) surrealist and fabulist writer from Portadown, N. Ireland and Utah.
His latest book is Play Yr Kardz Right (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017).
He lives in Madrid, Spain.
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Eileen Myles gives me hope. Not necessarily for money for poetry. Although I did get paid £50 for my poems in Tin House and that felt somehow a little validating. Even more than the money was having poems in Tin House and the generosity of poet friends. Eileen Myles, like many I would imagine, gives me hope with her openness. And for feeling less ashamed and guilty for being a poet from working class background etc. etc. I want to feel less guilty for writing and art and to stop thinking I should be doing my real paid work when I am writing and doing art yadda yadda. Working class ethos. I can't afford to slum it and be a radical East or South London art school hipster (no safety net or backup whatsoever) but I feel the radical ideas of the middle class artists and thinkers and art school graduates. At least some of it. It is nice to see someone with a similar working class background get some cultural capital. Although I am realising it is not common. Still seems there is a hard …
A poem about David Cameron, Shoplifting at Whole Foods, Hyde Park, Jackals, KGB, Pussy Riot, The Raincoats, Hush Puppy, a homeless hamster, and a bathtub. From my book Rides. Translated into Polish for Polish magazine Elewator. Thanks Adam Zdrodowski.
Did a reading and short talk at Austrian Cultural Forum in London yesterday. The spirit of the Vienna Secessionists through Max Kurzweil's paintings Woman in a Yellow Dress and Despair. Imagination and freedom!! The only war is the war against imagination. Also allowing for vulnerability in art. No real connection (in art or life) without vulnerability!!