"Marcus Slease’s gentle & generous engagements with the ephemera of almost-everyday life, coupled with a variant of bill bissett’s Lunarian English, and a sensuous, curious, cosmopolitan, and compassionate world-view, make this happily humble beautifully-modulated everything collection—without any shadow-of-a-doubt—my book of the year. For 1973 and for 2017."
"Marcus Slease offers a great deal in Play Yr Kardz Right."
"These deeply sound-based poems perform the linguistic athletics of English-to-English immigration: 'I began in uh faild sosighity / with mushee piez / & fried pineappulz.' This book dishes a sauce of green slime, trailers, ducktails, and fantasy: that of both sex and magic. The titles swirl with pop culture—Pretty in Pink, Body Snatchers, Beaches, Chariots of Fire—making the whole collection hum with non-sentimental 90s nostalgia, playful and pointing at the same time: Ronuld RAYGUN. This book is a delightful, full-bodied, fluid-rich study of how the past still exists in the present: 'my bag / 4ever / uh rottun banana.'"
Marcus Slease was born in Portadown, N. Ireland. He immigrated to Milton Keynes, England and then Las Vegas at age 11. Some influences include: Buddhist philosophy, surrealism (both hard and soft), shamanism, collage art, noise music, Leonora Carrington, Richard Brautigan, Ivor Cutler, Chika Sagawa, James Tate, Guy Maddin, David Lynch, and various other fabulists, absurdists, surrealists and satirists. He is the author of eight books from micro presses. His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, featured in the Best British Poetry series, translated into Polish and Danish, and has appeared, or is forthcoming, in many publications such as: Tin House, Poetry, Fog Machine, Little White Lies, Conduit, and Fence. He lives in Madrid, Spain. You can hear some poems from Play Yr Kardz Right at: https://soundcloud.com/jjmars/from-play-yr-kardz-right-1 Also visit him at: http://marcusslease.weebly.com/
Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.7 x 20.3 cm
Cat No: DW-307