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Hyakuretsu Kyaku

Ross Sutherland

"Ross Sutherland’s poetry approaches the epic; a kind of epic on a human scale."

Ian McMillan

The mercurial Ross Sutherland's new sonnet sequence playfully recasts the characters from cult video game Street Fighter 2 as 'twelve heroes that span the breadth of the human condition.'

From Zangief, a Russian wrestler fighting for a crumbling republic; to Chun Li, an Interpol agent determined to avenge her father’s murder; to Dhalsim, the yogic soothsayer who has channeled his spiritual enlightenment into the power of being really bendy.

Combining the mythic with the mundane, this is poetry for anyone who’s ever screamed “Hadouken” or tried out the Hundred Hand Slap on their little brother.

Launched as a free digital download to coincide with National Poetry Day 2011, Hyakuretsu Kyaku is accompanied by specially commissioned artwork from leading designers and illustrators.



Sonia Leong Mikkel Sommer, Gareth Barnett, Chris Getliffe, Line & a Dot, Inua Ellams, Laura Dockrill, Erin Petson, James McGregor, Nick Holloway, Phillip Oldham, Alex Woodhead.

Our price £ FREE
digital dl
21 pages
ISBN n/a
Published 6 October 2011
Cover design: james mcgregor


Ross Sutherland’s poetry approaches the epic; a kind of epic on a human scale. If he were a piece of furniture, he would be an elegant high stool that felt uncomfortable and stylish at the same time.
Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3

About the author

Ross Sutherland was born in Edinburgh in 1979. A former lecturer in electronic literature at Liverpool John Moore’s University, Ross works as a freelance journalist and tutor in creative writing. He is a member of live literature collective Aisle 16. His first collection, Things To Do Before You Leave Town, was published in 2009, followed by the limited edition mini-book Twelve Nudes in 2010.

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