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Nicholas Johnson

Nicholas Johnson

Biography

Nicholas Johnson was born and raised in north Devon. He studied Performance Writing and Visual Performance at Dartington College. Bob Cobbing published his early sound texts. His poetry includes the book-length works Haul Song, The Lard Book [filmed by B.Catling and Sarah Simblett] and Show. i, on foot and mouth the first plague of the 21st century, was commissioned by The Arts Council. Land: Poems 1983-1998 displays his shorter poetry. An expanded edition Land Redux: Poems 1982-2007 is in preperation. He was Writer in Residence for the Black Mountain exhibition, Starting at Zero, at the Arnolfini, Bristol in 2005.

He runs Etruscan Books.

Recordings

Stamford Hill, North London, 2007

This recording was made on 28 January 2007, at a house in Stamford Hill, north London. The selection was loosely chronological, and while it avoided the sound texts, I hope I was able to convey the surface of the longer texts and my interest in neologism and dialect.

  • 'from Hall'
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  • 'from Pelt'
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  • 'Head of Willow'
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  • 'Sans Toit Ni Loi'
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  • 'Show'
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  • 'The Funeral of David Gascoigne'
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Bibliography

  • The Telling of the Drowning [private edition, 1987, London]
  • Listening to the Stones:Poems of New Caledonia, [Many Press,1991,London]
  • Eel Earth [writers forum, 1993, London]
  • Haul Song [Mammon Press, 1994, Bath, Expanded, 2nd edn. with preface by Robin Blaser, 1997]
  • Loup [writers form, 1994]
  • H [writers forum, 1995]
  • Etruscan Reader I [with Aaron Williamson, Catherine Walsh; Etruscan Books, Newcastle under Lyme, 1996]
  • Etruscan Reader II [with Helen Macdonald, Gael Turnbull; Etruscan Books, Buckfastleigh, 1997]
  • Hassell [writers forum, 1998]
  • Land:Poems 1983-1998 [Mammon Press, 1999]
  • Show: The Marguerete Sulamith Cycles of Anselm Kiefer [Etruscan Books, 2001]
  • Cleave: Foot and Mouth in Devon and the North East, [Etruscan Books, 2002]
  • Pelt. B.Splinter [Etruscan Books, 2005]
  • S.W. [Aloud, Bradford on Avon, 2006]

Sample Text

little boat
under blue
Mast. Cross
into the
Border
Bower
Those dots that
Hang

The boards of the cart
The dog below
The wood
lift your legs
around his waist

over to thou
all slide and slip
into the waters
the tide and the dark

from 'Work, Don't Worry', after Roger Hilton exhibition

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