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The Book

“A compulsive and rare combination of fun and harrowing. Searing with insight and fizzing between neurotic and contemplative, this is such a reeling and brilliantly experimental creation, both gnostic and inane, delivered with the mangled dexterity of an online existentialist, marooned forever in the comments section.”

—Dr David Spittle

From the mysterious recesses of the mind (or is that brain?) comes the urge to fix our sadness! Drugs are the answer, allied with literature. Legal, prescribed drugs, by hurried doctors, which reroute synapses in the consciousnesses of millions of human beings. What is the poetry of this ubiquitous but hidden malforming of the already overblown 21st human mental experience? In England, of all places? Who knows?! But SJ Fowler’s inventive espousing of fiction, poetry, illustration and found-text, as one singular literary undertaking, offers up the mess and hope of searching. A choose-your-own-adventure novel into the pits of your cognisance, this truly original book of confusion and consolation, as generously vulnerable as it is challenging, is by turns sad, funny, abstract and painfully clear. What emerges is YOU: the writer, the reader, the patient, the doctor, the doubt and decision, and how to newly express this, a life of the mind…on prescription drugs.

The Author

SJ Fowler is a writer, poet and artist based in London, exploring the possibilities of contemporary literary and experimental poetry, prose, visual literature and performance. His work covers a variance of subjects, but is subject led, using different writing techniques and methods as best fits things like boxing, prisons, prescription drugs, animals and humans, violence, museums and history, collaboration, illustration and language itself. Please visit www.stevenjfowler.com.

Pages: 158
Dimensions: 5 x 8
ISBN: 979-8603370200
Cat No: DW-001-94
Imprint: Dostoyevsky Wannabe Originals
Publishing Model: Classic