Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Launching the Escapologist

V. Press is very very delighted to launch The Escapologist, a poetry pamphlet by Jinny Fisher.

“These poems, sometimes joyful and sometimes sinister, examine human connection and disconnection. Time traveling between a subjective past and a forgiving present, Jinny Fisher is like the little boy ‘escapologist’ in the title poem: proficient in her craft, and simultaneously tethered and free.” Kathryn Maris

“Jinny Fisher’s poems explore the often fraught intimacies of family life with psychological acuteness and linguistic precision. At times hauntingly stark, at others delightfully whimsical, Fisher’s work is consistently engaged, intelligent, and necessary.” Carrie Etter

“As the title of this pamphlet suggests, Fisher’s poetry dazzles with its play between restraint and release, form and space. These poems resonate with love, loss, mystery and fable and just as you think ‘the ropes will slip free’, a new theme, a different landscape, a fresh voice transmutes into being.” 
V. Press Guest Editor Mary-Jane Holmes

The Escapologist is very taut and very disquieting.

A sample poem from The Escapologist can be found below.

32 pages 

ISBN: 978-1-9998444-7-9

RRP £6.50

BUY The Escapologist now using the paypal link below. 

The Escapologist (including P&P)


Brownie 127: The Beach.

As we skimmed the deeps, his freckled back was my boat. I felt the rise and fall of shoulder blades under my thumbs, his mouth swivelling into view as he gasped for breath. Look: a squinty grin, a cartwheel, a sandcastle – fortified against the tide. 

Asahi Pentax: The Shed.

Dust-coated cobwebs, thick as tea towels, draped the windows. I dangled my legs from the workbench, viced the battens while he sawed, and there were so many splinters to be gouged. Look: a table – sanded and glossed, a captain’s chair, three splay-backs. 

Nikon F: The Studio.

A windowless shed at the end of the garden. Only my friend was with him. We all knew there were cameras on tripods, banks of flash-guns, umbrellas to diffuse the glare. I imagine his camouflaged murmurs as her blouse falls to the floor. Listen: Lovely – peep from under your lids. Now – a little smile. 


LONDON: Saturday 2 March 2019, 6pm, at The Guild of Psychotherapists, 47 Nelson Square, London SE1 0QA. Support readers including Gram Joel Davies and Gillian Wilce, with MC Peter Berry.

BRADFORD ON AVON: Words and Ears,Thursday 30 May 2019, 7.30pm at Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon. With James Davey.

TAUNTON: Fire River Poets, Thursday 6 June 2019, 8pm, at Creative Innovation Centre CIC, Memorial Hall, Paul Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3PF

BRISTOL: Satellite of Love, Bristol, Wednesday 12 June 2019, 8.15pm At Greenbank Pub, 57 Belle Vue Road, BS5 6DP. With Rachael Clyne.

BATH: Pamphlet Party hosted by Carrie Etter, Friday 14 June 2019, 8pm, with Natalie Linh Bolderston and Luke Palmer at St James Wine Vaults,10 St James's Street, BA1 2TW Bath, Somerset. Facebook event page here

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