As part of our Placeholder series, we're asking some of our favourite artists an incredibly simple question: 'what are you reading?'. A pretty great way to find out what you should be spending your money on if you ask us.


Kakania: An Anthology - ed. S J Fowler (2015)

"I've been back on a poetry trip lately. I've actually managed to go to some readings in the last few months, which was one of my new year's resolutions.

"Kakania the book is a record of Kakania the project; a series performances of commissions by British and Austrian poets curated by poet Steven Fowler as part of his ongoing cross-cultural poetry project Enemies. Around 40 poets were asked to create poetic works responding and reacting to the work of Austrian writers, thinkers and artists from Habsburg era Vienna; like Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler and Egon Schiele.

"I saw a few of the poets reading at the Freud Museum and at the Austrian Cultural Forum. Esther Strauss slept on Anna Freud's couch while Steven Fowler read some of her dreams. Tom Jenks read 'Notes for Otto Gross' about how comically dissimilar his life is to the psychoanalyst ('I too am an anarchist, Otto, but an anarchist who is terrified of his line manager'). Stephen Emmerson passed around 'translations' of Rainer Maria Rilke's books 'translated' into chocolate brownies and mould. Emily Berry read 'To Our Happy Reunion', one of a few ominous poems created from lines from Sigmund Freud's letters: 'You vain little worm/How do you like that threat?'

"The book is like a collection of ways to cope with artistic tradition. Mirror it, edit it, adopt its form, rip it up, rip it off, chew it up. I like reliving the readings through the book, but some of my favourite bits have been edited out for space. You can watch the readings in full online though.

"I also like looking at the different avant-garde forms - collage, found text, typographical layering, lists, grids - as a holiday from my own conversational writing. Reading and seeing what other writers are doing - like listening to and watching other bands as a musician - can be a real epiphany."



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