Troubador In The Way of It

Released: 01/12/2013

ISBN: 9781783062256

Format: Paperback

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In The Way of It


In new forms of writing this is one of three books which represent stages of a serious artistic search for a modern dialectic of mark, word and image spanning twenty years.

With an aesthetic that dissolves conventional boundaries of visual Art and Literature, the abstract alphabetical poem, my it to you and the narrative proem, In the Way of It are both written solely in monosyllables.

The selection of spaced prints of alphabetical poems (such as Rubicon) in The Poetry of It was inspired initially by a surrealist experiment in automatic writing in 1988 which triggered an extensive period in which dreams errupted onto the page in the written form of fragmented words.

Written in the form of double columns, ‘Mac’s Story’, In The Way of It, gives an account of how these works came to be made along with The Book of It, his humorous satire on contemporary capitalism published in 2010.

All three new works celebrate the Centenary of the revolution in visual language made by the avant-gardes in what Marjorie Perloff calls ‘The Futurist Moment’ in Modernist Art.

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John  McGreal

John McGreal was born in 1945. He lives in South London. He is divorced with a daughter, Frances.

His writing has emerged out of his practice as a visual artist, which has

always included an interest in use of text. This focus on spacial aspects of language was exemplified in his first solo art show, How Is It?, an exhibition of prints in July, 2006 at The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, London to commemorate the centenary of Samuel Becket. As an artist he has worked as a Visiting Tutor at Camberwell College of Art since gaining a Distinction in MA Book Arts there (2002)and a First in BA Fine Art at Central St Martin's School of Art (2001).

His interest in writing the silent voice and internal monologue also emerged from the experience prior to that in the Eighties and Nineties, when he practiced as a psychiatric and addiction counsellor - and then as a psychoanalytic counsellor, getting a Distinction in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Counselling at Goldsmith's College, London (1992).

His attention to detail in punctuation and the inner spacial workings of written language has stemmed too from the time in the Seventies when he worked as a free-lance translator for Routledge and Kegan Paul and The Harvester Press.

He has always retained an interest in the social context of writing since working in the early Seventies and late Sixties as an academic sociologist at The Open University, The London School of Economics and Leicester University where he got a First in BA Soc.Sci.(Sociology)in 1967.

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