PLACE WASTE DISSENT is a book that takes the aesthetics of poetry as seriously as the occupation and protests that inspired its writing.
Having spent three years in the early 1990s occupying properties and protesting in Claremont Road, east London, poet Paul Hawkins maps the run-off, rackets and resistance along the route of the proposed M11 Link Road.
Using the voices of Dolly Watson, Old Mick and many others in avant-garde experimental text and lo-fi collage, he explores place, waste and dissent; the stake the Thatcher/Major Tory government was driving into the heart of the UK.
From Claremont Road to Cameron via surveillance culture and Occupy: transient-beta memory traces re-surfacing along the A12. This collection is an important reflection on a historic site of resistance, offering us illumination, ideas and inspiration for the future.
Place Waste Dissent is an avant-garde poetry/collage collection by Paul Hawkins and will be published on November 12th 2015 by Influx Press; publishers of provocative, site-specific literature.
His past has been chameleon-like . . . musician, squatter, tour manager, freelance journalist, gardener, publisher, improvisor, collaborator and a manager of an Elvis Presley impersonator. He studied the art of sleeping standing up & drinking lying down with nearly disastarous consequences. He’s had two books published, Claremont Road & Contumacy. You’ll find more of his work in Foxhole Magazine, The International Times, Maintenant, Queen Mob’s Tea House, The Morning Star, Rising, Stride & in various anthologies including Cut Up! (Oneiros Books), Yesterday’s Music Today (KFS Press) & Quincunx (Tangerine Press). He co-edits Boscombe Revolution/Bosc:Rev & co-runs Hesterglock Press with poet Sarer Scotthorne. He collaborated with collageist Michael Harford as The 50//FIFTY & currently collaborates with Portugese text artist/poet bruno neiva under the guise of Servant Drone. A collection of exploratory text experimentation by Servant Drone is to be published by KF&S Press in November 2015.