Thomas Helm

Thomas Helm’s writings have appeared in a number of newspapers, anthologies and literary journals. He edits Mercurius Magazine, an arts, literary and current affairs magazine with anthologist and future-world dreaming tendencies. He feels passionately about contemporary, avant-garde literature, especially work with surrealist and absurdist touches. He has another poetry collection “The Mountain Where Nothing Happens” published by Alien Buddha Press.



Twitter: @mercuriusmagaz1


Inspired by mythology, science-fiction, and esoteric visual traditions such as Tarot, Tantra and Alchemy, as well as the whims of my own unconscious, I have tried to create a surreal-absurd cosmogony that does not shy from the possibility of total incoherence. The donkey as astral traveller and beast of burden feels appropriate for a universe that is both notoriously complicated and based on principles of motion. However, it is also true that this intellectualism – a rational unpicking of the donkey as a symbol – came secondary to the creative process of automatism: allowing the pen to guide the mind into the hidden realm of the unconscious without any pre-conceptions of what one might encounter there. I did not know I was writing a cosmogony until the point in which the donkeys themselves realise they have accidentally created a universe. It is neither strange nor solipsistic to suppose a universe created by donkeys came into existence the moment these thoughts achieved union with the paper.


Words of Praise

"Hello there pilgrim. Are you in need of fresh eyes? Travel through the evolution of human consciousness from visionary drawings to spiritual fables (though watch out for the abyss). Modern and ancient, these surreal-absurd poems chart another way forward. Every step is a destination. With echoes of Borges and Calvino, this is one of those rare collections that rewards re-readings."

- Marcus Slease, author of Never Mind the Beasts

"A joyous donkey kick to the arguments of linear reason. Green marker & blue ink squiggles (stars, lips, BBQs) emerge, dissolve. Complex worlds, strange hieroglyphs. A trot with wonky maps into creative & spiritual realms. Someone give this journey an apple."

- Jessica Sequeira, author of A Furious Oyster

"does everyone need to know that the keys to the secrets of the universe are possibly hidden in the scrawled vispo markings of Thomas Helm? do they need to know that the riddles of lost human writings might transmigrate, via prose poems and equidae, into a conceptual collections of poems and be right there, for all to read, if they wish to? it depends on one's opinion. my opinion is yes they should be made aware and asked to read the second book of one of Europe's most inventive poets."

- SJ Fowler, founder of The European Poetry Festival
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