Longlisted for The Laurence Sterne Prize 2021
Mike Ferguson is an American permanently resident in the UK. As an English teacher for 30 years, he presented experimental writing to his students to read, explore and write for themselves. His most recent publications are the found prose poems collection ‘The Lonesomest Sound’ (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2019), the truth-elusive vignettes ‘And I Used to Sail Barges’ (Red Ceilings Press, 2020), and the collection of poems about teaching and education ‘Drawing on Previous Learning’ (Wrecking Ball Press, 2021)
Some of these poems have appeared in the following online poetry magazines/journals: Beir Bua Journal, International Times, Pi Review, The Aesthetic Directory
Praise for the Author
“This is a fascinating fusion of found poetry, erasure poetry, and appropriation. It is a stunning weaving together of the poetic and the philosophical.”
Rose Knapp, poet. Shadow Beings out now with Beir Bua Press.
“In this deftly crafted and dazzlingly experimental collection, language – of logic, of poetry, of philosophy, of mathematics – is taken apart and rearranged in ways that are witty and thought-provoking, playful and profound. Ferguson challenges our perspectives in poems that juxtapose Lewis Carroll with Voltaire, Daniel Defoe with John Stuart Mill, revealing unexpected connections and intriguing overlays.”Marian Christie, poet, From Fibs to Fractals: Exploring Mathematical Forms in Poetry (Beir Bua Press) and Fractal Poems (Penteract Press).