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David Rushmer

David Rushmer


David Rushmer (b. 1965) was editor of pen:umbra magazine (1988-1991). Studied photography and art & psychology at University of East London 1995, and now works as a Library Assistant for the University of Cambridge. His artworks and writing have appeared in a number of small press magazines in the U.K., France and the U.S.A, and his artworks have been exhibited in Cambridge, London and Yokohama.



Bishop's Stortford, 2007

This recording was made on 7 February 2007 in Bishop's Storford, engineered by David Houssart.

Blanchot's Ghost

Blanchot's Ghost Part 2

The Family of Ghosts



  • Circles (1988)
  • Spine:Works (1989)
  • Absence (with David Barton) (David Barton, 1990)
  • Tone Poems (Writers Forum, 1990)
  • Ut-Trance (Writers Forum, 1990)
  • Sand Writings (Ion Press 23, 1991)
  • Homage to Throbbing Gristle (Writers Forum, 1992)
  • Love Letters to the Dead (1993)
  • The Family of Ghosts (Arehouse, Cambridge, 2005)
  • Blanchot’s Ghost (Oystercatcher Press, 2008)
  • Remains to Be Seen (Shearsman, 2018) 



  • Verbi Visi Voco: A Performance of Poetry, ed. Bob Cobbing and Bill Griffiths (Writers Forum, 1993)
  • In Blossoms Atop Reeds it Flares, ed. Chris Brownsword (Broken Compass Press: Sheffield, 2006)
  • Sea Pie: a Shearsman anthology of Oystercatcher Press, ed. Peter Hughes (Shearsman, 2012)
  • The Art of Typewriting (by Marvin Sackner, Ruth Sackner, and Steven Heller, Thames and Husdon. 2015)


Work online

  • Greatworks, Moria, Poetry Library's Poetry Magazine Archive; 10th Muse #13, Angel Exhaust #16, Spine



  • Insects Magazine, Sub-Voicive, Cambridge Series Poetry.
  • 1991 'Absence: A Performance of Text' for tape, slides and body movement. Performed at Sub-Voicive, London
  • 1994 'DistURBANce' physical theatre and multi-media performance with 3 other artists and industrial band Chemical Plant, London (2 performances)
  • 2012 'Lost For Words': physical theatre with glass, ink, and noise. Performance in solidarity with Pussy Riot evening. Drama Studio, Faculty of English, Cambridge

Photo by Wang Bang

Sample Text


I go

feel you skin
around me

     your eyes
the sky to sing
of death

fill the air
     with your bones

clones of memory

opening your mouth
in the rain

pours through you

     your eyes
the sky to sing
of death


Work quoted and briefly discussed in The Failure of Conservatism in Modern British Poetry by Andrew Duncan (Salt, 2003).

"the only prop allowed is the human body. This purism puts the surviving images under terrific pressure, which they adequately sustain..." Andrew Duncan, 'Living in Division and Shifting Sands', review of Sand Writings and related works appearing in Angel Exhaust #11.

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