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Imperfect Fit: Aesthetic Function, Facture, and Perception in Art and Writing since 1950 is an expansive and incisive examination of the patterns of connectedness in contemporary art and poetry. Allen Fisher—a highly accomplished poet, painter, critic, and art historian as well as a key figure in the British poetry revival of the 1960s and 1970s—has a close and discerning connection to his subjects.

In Imperfect Fit, Fisher focuses on the role of fracturing, ruptures, and breakages in many traditional ties between art and poetry, as well as the resulting use of collage and assemblage by practitioners of those arts. Fisher addresses, among other subjects, destruction as a signifier in twentieth-century art; the poetic employment of bureaucratic vocabularies and “business speak”; and the roles of public performance and memory loss in the fashioning of human knowledge and art.

Commonplace notions of coherence, logic, and truth are reimagined and deconstructed in this study, and Fisher concludes by suggesting that contemporary culture offers a particularly robust opportunity—and even necessity—to engage in the production of art as a pragmatic act. Scholars of art, poetry, and aesthetics will be engaged and challenged by this insightful work.



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Four damaged sequences, three extracted from completed books and one from a project underway: three Human Poems (now part of SPUTTER published Veer Books 2014; five from No Longer Alone, still in progress; two from Gravity as a consequence of shape, volume three, published as LEANS by Salt 2007; ten from loggerheads, scheduled for publication by Spanner in 2016. 23 x 15.5 cm, 40 pages. Spanner 2014.

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The Marvels of Lambeth. Interviews & Statements by Allen Fisher,

edited by Andrew Duncan and published by Shearsman, Paperback, 214pp. 9x6ins, £12.95 / $20

ISBN 9781848612730

Andrew Duncan says of this book:

“The first interview dates from 1973. I took the decision to collect old interviews rather than make an all-new book. I am fascinated by the idea of a very long base line, records of one person’s views over 30 years, change as part of the object recorded. Drawing on the creative input of Eric Mottram, Adrian Clarke, and Victoria Sheppard (among others) made the book more robust and embracing. The trackless wastes of the Mottram tape archive made an especial call. Those interviews were so hard to find that I want to make them easy to find. Of course there may be interviews I’ve missed. I’ve also included some explanations from Prosyncel, which is now unavailable. You can still buy Ideas on the Culture Dreamed of, though. One of the tapes in Mottram’s archive is a 1978 talk at the Alembic workshop—not an interview, but a talk about the poetic process. I scarfed this up.”

A major overview of work by Allen Fisher will be published by Shearsman in late 2014, under the title of An Allen Fisher Reader.

Several books by Andrew Duncan are published by Shearsman: four collections of poetry including Threads of Iron and In Five Eyes (both 2013) and two volumes of criticism, most recently The Long 1950s (2012).

Cover painting, ‘Frenzy and Self-Control’ by Allen Fisher.

see review in Stride, from Robert Sheppard


PROPOSALS, 1-35, poem-image-commentary

76pp. incl. 35 images in colour

published  by SPANNER 2010

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see review by Ken Edwards

review by Robert Sheppard

and comment by Pierre Joris


Buy Proposals 6 as a Five Seasons Broadside

from Five Seasons Press.


‘Complexity Manifold 2: hypertext’, in Hidden Agendas. Unreported Poetics (2010) edited by Louis Armand, Prague: Litteraria Pragensia.

Birds (2009) poems from Proposals, Norfolk: Oystercatcher Press.

Leans (2007, reissued 2013) Cambridge: Salt Publications.

Confidence in Lack (2007) Sutton, England: Writers Forum.

singularity stereo (2006) London, England: Barque Press.

PLACE (2005) Hastings, England: Reality Street,

see review by Andy Jordan.


Stroll and Strut Step (2004) Hereford, England: Spanner,

with 3 Meditation Studies in colour: 1. 2. 3.

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Gravity shapes (2004) readings from Gravity as a consequence of shape,

London: STEM CD 02.

Entanglement (2004) Willowdale, Ontario, Canada: The Gig.

Gravity (2004) Cambridge, England: Salt Publications.

Emergent Manner (1999) Hereford: Spanner.

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