SJ Fowler


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SJ Fowler has Enemies. And the Enemies of his Enemies are his friends.

This ground-breaking, multi-disciplinary collection is the result of collaborations with over thirty artists, photographers and writers. Diary entries mingle with a partially-redacted email exchange; texts slip and fragment, finding new contexts alongside prints, paintings, diagrams, Rorschach blots, YouTube clips and behind-the-scenes photographs at the museum.

Read Fowler’s introductory essay: ‘A miniaturised bulwark against being solitary’


The Enemies are

Tim Atkins, David Berridge, Cristine Brache, Patrick Coyle, Emily Critchley, Lone Eriksen, Frédéric Forte, Tom Jenks, Samantha Johnson, Alexander Kell, David Kelly, Sarah Kelly, Anatol Knotek, Ilenia Madelaire, Chris McCabe, nick-e melville, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, Matteo X Patocchi, Claire Potter, Monika Rinck, Sam Riviere, Hannah Silva, Marcus Slease, Ross Sutherland, Ryan Van Winkle, Philip Venables, Sian Williams


“An overwhelming assault. The geography is unnerving, almost familiar, then stinging in its estrangement. Intensity crackles. Tension teases. At what point does collision become collaboration? When do the bandages come off?”
Iain Sinclair

“These poems explode with the energy of a first draft and shine with the coherency of having been edited many times over [...] Reading Enemies is an experience of relationship-building at its most visceral, vital and organic, and one that cannot afford to be missed.”
Ben Armstrong, The Windswept Edge

Enemies is an ambitious and ground-breaking publication where disciplines mingle in conversation with each other, finding new contexts.”
Milou Stella, Annexe Magazine

“By turns enchanting, startling, baffling, overwhelming, poignant and hugely entertaining.”
The Learned Pig

“[Fowler's] collaborations are not friendly: neither in the sense of seeking to arrive at a position of harmony between those producing the work, nor in the sense that a finished artistic product offers the reader any easy answers. In fact, these collaborations are the opposite of a ‘finished’ product: they remain open to a dialogue with the reader, indeed to many dialogues (as in many re-readings) with the reader.”
David Clark, Sabotage Reviews


Cover design by Cover artwork by William Daw

ISBN 9781908058133
Published 24.10.13
Pages 168
RRP £9.99

Filed under Anthologies, Books, Poetry collections, SJ Fowler


An overwhelming assault

Iain Sinclair

About the author

SJ Fowler

SJ Fowler is a poet and artist living in London. He has published four collections of poetry, most recently the limited-edition Recipes (Red Ceilings, 2012). He has produced poetry, sonic art, installation and performance artworks for the Tate, the Voiceworks project and the London Sinfonietta. He is the poetry editor of 3:AM Magazine and also works as a martial arts instructor, and as an employee of the British Museum.