Gentle Art (Trolley Books) 2012
ISBN 978-1-907112-40-9
Soft cover, 84pp, colour, 148 x 105 mm / 5.8 x 4.1 in "A book to be carried around and consulted."
Prospect/The White Review
"Each story is unconventional and magical."
The Photographers' Gallery
 
"Like [..] lots of thick books imploded into one little one."
Moors Magazine
    
"It killed me! Beautiful writing." John Sinclair

"Words [..] in a fistfight with the paper they are printed on."
60pp


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"Imagine a number of men in chains, all under sentence of death, some of whom are each day butchered in the 
sight of the others; those remaining see their own condition in that of their fellows, and looking at each 
other with grief and despair await their turn. This is an image of the human condition."  B. Pascal  
Gentle Art is a collection of short texts about folk devils; creatures at war with respectable society and the conventions on which respectable society is based. It can also be read as a heartrending account of the permanent degradation of men of great talent due to persistent lack of self-control, often indistinguishable from madness.

The book's diminutive dimensions echo the intent of early devotional literature - an almost disposable object,
designed for personal edification and spiritual formation. Referencing Stephen Graham's 1927 work, The Gentle Art of Tramping - a manual for life on the 'other' side - Gentle Art is a departure from standard experimental literature. Its aim is not to be difficult. Kidnapping personas from 'real' life (marvellous George, the petrol-drinker, the ket-head with a woman for a cock and many more!) and entering them into absurd formatting, the texts demonstrate how and why people slip beyond the norms of society and report back on what lies in store for them when they* get there.
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