Episode 4: Marcus Slease prescribes THE WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU by Joanne Kyger

MARCUS SLEASE  (JJ Mars) is a visionary writer from Portadown, N. Ireland and Utah in the U.S.

​Some influences include:  Buddhist practice, surrealism, collage art, low-fi graffiti,  Brian Eno, Spacemen 3, Leonora Carrington, Richard Brautigan, Ariel Pink, bill bissett, Tim Atkins, Susumu Yokota,  Ron Padgett, Chika Sagawa, & Guy Maddin.

He is a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the author of ten books from micro presses. Such as Rides from Bart Books and Mu (dream) So (window) from Poor Claudia.

His latest book, Play Yr Kardz Right, is now available from Dostoyevsky Wannabe:

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 Tin HousePoetry, and Fence. 

He lives in Madrid.

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