Mark Russell’s deceptively simple-seeming lyrics make of our world what music does – that is, neither sense nor nonsense but something that is tangential to both of those. He has the surrealist’s habit of bringing together apparently unrelated things to see what might spring from their confluence, and thereby risks freeing the mind to wander in unsuspected places. In seductive turns of phrase, his sometimes tantalisingly brief poems are like fragments of unexplained objects, with shiny suggestive surfaces, like “aspects of smooth polish, burnt incense / an apricot of malice baked in brine”.
Aidan Semmens; poet, photographer, journalist
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Mark Russell was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Somerset, England. His first full collection was Spearmint & Rescue (Pindrop). He has published four pamphlets and chapbooks: ℵ (the book of moose) (Kattywompus); ا (the book of seals) and Saturday Morning Pictures (both Red Ceilings), and Pursued by Well-being (tall-lighthouse). He teaches Drama and lives in rural Scotland.
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