Palimpsest

My experimental poetry pamphlet Palimpsest was published by Verve Poetry Press in Jan 2020.

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Palimpsest explores a near future where mundane meets magical, truth blurs into fiction and digital and analogue collide. These are poems that are made rather than written in the conventional sense. Poems that are built from scraps of text appropriated from magazines, junk mail, ephemera; erased, redacted, cut up and overwritten with original lines to create palimpsests. The title is thus both a creative technique revealed in the visible lines of construction and an eponymous anti-superhero in whose steps we follow as she emerges from a collage of fractured narratives and cinematic dispatches from a dark and murderous hinterland.

‘Like spying through a thousand half-lit windows on a long night’s train journey. If James M. Cain wrote flash fiction, and it was illustrated by shadow artist Shigeo Fukuda, it might make something like this.’
Sarah Hilary
Author of the Marnie Rome crime series
& Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Winner

‘An exhilarating experiment in form and ideas. I was reminded of Max Porter’s Lanny; with Birnie’s anti-hero Palimpsest a sort of Dead Papa Toothwort character gathering scraps and sounds of our contemporary landscape, albeit at a more furious pace. A very exciting collection from a bright and inventive mind’
Lyndsey Fineran
Cheltenham Literature Festival

‘In the character of Palimpsest, Birnie has drawn from the zeitgeist a new mythological heroine for the 21st Century.’
Gareth L Powell
Author of the Ack Ack Macaque and Embers of War trilogies and twice winner of the BSFA Award for Best Novel

‘I’m frightened of this book. I’m frightened of its truth. I’m frightened of its beauty. I’m frightened it is making me talk about truth and beauty. Most of all I am frightened to know that its poetic ideas convince me that a million dead dreams live on in the blood of such extreme imaginative thought, ready to consume me. Unless—the real danger of this book is its talent, which will change you, reader: you will marry it. It will become you. Birnie has done it again, this time with jaws of transformative, writerly, experimental love.’

Susan Bradley Smith
Poet & playwright, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Curtin University, Australia.
Most recent collection The Postcult Heart.

‘Like a frenzied, hallucinating Bear Grills, Clive Birnie conducts shamanistic GPS text-rituals, recovers lost sci-fi script-trails, scopes out and chases down ancient track-marks through fresh-frozen manuscript re-cycling. He leaves us a map exposing 21st century psychic text-truth(s); an erased Venn diagram of the Midblastula moment; the delineation of a burnt psychosis vernacular.’

Paul Hawkins
Poet whose books include Place, Waste, Dissent and Lou Ham: Racing Anthropocene Statements

The Other Art Fair

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to talk about my work during The Other Art Fair and especially to those who purchased an original collage  or a HashtagPoetry# print.

I will have more HashtagPoetry# prints available very soon in particular the popular Humans are Ridiculous and Angels in Bristol (pictured).

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The Other Art Fair Bristol 1-3 September 2017

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I am exhibiting some new & recent poetry/art collisions at the up coming The Other Art Fair in Bristol – if you are around and a wander around an art fair sounds like something that might work I have an allocation of complimentary tickets available. All you need to do is go here:

and use the code:
 
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O Neg Alphabet

A hashtagpoetry# sequence in response to URSPRUNGSALPHABET (Alphabet of Origin) by Nora Gomringer assisted by online translation engines and Twitter searches. All the images were created using apps on an iPhone 5S to redact and paint over screen shots of the iOS Twitter app generated via Twitter searches using terms generated by online translations of lines from Nora’s poem or occasionally the original German. The sequence was created and posted on Instagram and Twitter over 26 days from 1-26 May 2016.

HashtagPoetry# – the GIFs

I am in the process of wrapping this project up. In practical terms it came to an end on National Poetry Day back in October but I am working on drawing all the various pieces of the project together in order to archive them. Since this website is now my public archive (my aim is to make my published and unpublished back catalogue available in one place), here are the GIFs:

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National Poetry Day Screening on Big Screen Bristol

This is the short slideshow-film that will be playing on the Big Screen in Bristol’s Millennium Square for National Poetry Day today October 6th. I am told it will remain in the schedule for the rest of October as well. But as I understand that not everyone lives in Bristol – it is also showing EVERYWHERE else courtesy of Vimeo.

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To accompany the screening I spent yesterday afternoon installing a number of window sticker prints of some of the pieces from the film around Millennium Square. This was an experiment in how to take the digital out into the real world where people might stumble across them inspired by a conversation with Paula Varjack about taking art out of formal art environments. I said for a while that I am exploring the places where digital and analogue collide and have been inspired by the willingness of the @Bristol Big Screen Bristol team to humour my ideas at what in the end was crazy short notice.

I also installed a few in the windows of Boston Tea Party in Clifton, Bristol. The manager Thom and his colleague Laura likewise willing to support a bit of kooky art-poetry collision.

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A HashtagPoetry# Sequence on YouTube

A hashtagpoetry# sequence in response to URSPRUNGSALPHABET (Alphabet of Origin) by Nora Gomringer assisted by online translation engines and Twitter searches. All the images were created using apps on an iPhone 5S to redact and paint over screen shots of the iOS Twitter app generated via Twitter searches using terms generated by online translations of lines from Nora’s poem or occasionally the original German. The sequence was created and posted on Instagram and Twitter over 26 days from 1-26 May 2016.

This is the original poem by Nora that inspired the work: