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“Voraciously experimental, precociously accomplished.” Poetry International

“Multifaceted, mega-fabricated, louche architecture.” Magma

Jon is a writer, editor and researcher who specialises in hybrid and chimeric works: rough fusions of form and genre. His poems often concern, or embody, the intermeshing of organic and constructed, human and non-human, real and unreal. They are frequently game-like, remade from fragments of other works, or take the form of micro-fantasies and intimate examinations.

Poetry London have called him a “poet of fantastic inversions”, but such inversions are just one way of rethinking the poem as an object of readerly play and investigation. His work has been published in The Sunday Times and performed on BBC Radio 4, as well as appearing in a number of British and international journals. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and the Poetry London prize in 2014 and 2016.

He edits multi-author books that muddle the genre of the poetry anthology with handbooks, catalogues, guides and treasuries. He has also published academic papers in the field of game studies. A monograph, Dual Wield: The Interplay of Poetry and Videogames, is due out in late 2021 from DeGruyter.

Scarecrows
(Happenstance, 2010)

The varying accounts of a parade of shadowy misfits, some in first person, some more scarecrow than others. Bringing them together: an emerging faith in folkloric prophecy and supersititon, since modernity has left them broken-hearted. A patient of laughingstock surgeon Serge Voronoff attests to his full recovery. Josef the golem abhors the daylight. Batman’s Jonathan Crane is regarded through the eyes of a henchman-for-hire, and the roles of exploitation actress Christina Lindberg assemble into one unwieldy monster-girl. Technological witches fall under suspicion, and the new Doctor Who might be a devil who walks the earth. Plus spells, lies, legends, and the mournful aubade of a salaryman waking from a Satanic orgy. All in 32 pages.

related: Three poems in this pamphlet are republished in School of Forgery.

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