Bad Blood: A Cinepoem

Art, Books, Film&TV, Music, Poetry

It has been a year in the pipeline so I’m delighted to finally share Bad Blood – a collaboration with filmmaker Martha Jurksaitis (Cherry Kino) and C.A.R. (Chloe Raunet).

The poem is taken from my collection Dark Corners of the Land, it was recorded by Chloe in her studio at home in Dalston, and was mixed in Paris. This is the first time I’ve done a spoken word track, it reminds me of Mogwai. Chloe recently appeared on Gesaffelstein’s LP, and she’s about to release a new single ‘Spitfire’. Check out her video HIJK. It’s quite special.

The analogue film was made on Super-8 by Martha, with footage shot in Finland. It was developed in the dark room at Patrick Studios. It’s quite Watcher in the Woods. Martha is the Queen of Wondermental Cinema, and lives in Shipley. You can see some of her films here. Enough to set your mind alight. The film has just made the official selection for the 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge [DLX], Feb 6-16th, 2014 at Naherholung SternchenMore details can be found here.

3:AM Awards: Poetry Book of the Year 2012


Dark Corners of the Land was named ‘Poetry Book of the Year’ in the 3:AM Awards 2012. Thanks to all at 3:AM for voting. It joins winners Keith Ridgway’s Hawthorn & Child (Granta), Christine Schutt’s Prosperous Friends (Grove/Atlantic), Simon Sellars & Dan O’Hara’s Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard (4th Estate), Chris Ware’s Building Stories (Jonathan Cape), David Byrne & St. Vincent’s Love This Giant (4AD/Todo Mundo), The Turin Horse dir. Béla Tarr, The New Inquiry, Sylph Editions, and Los Angeles Review of Books.

There are only a couple of copies left of Dark Corners it will be going into a second edition shortly. Blackheath Books’ Manufactory will be creating something special, look out for the new design on their website…