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“Poems and texts that should probably have been left in the dark” – a note from Iain

It feels distinctly posthumous and not altogether comfortable to be confronted by Jeff Johnson’s epic bio-bibliography (see here for more info). This detective, stalking archives and forensically examining files, tracking down contacts, interrogating by email, has laid out all the dates and details and facts that are not a life. He has also, somehow, persuaded me to allow the publication of lost and obscure fragments from the early days. I have composed a somewhat dazed introduction. There are letters to and from poets, film pieces, poems and texts that should probably have been left in the dark, but Jeff’s persistence demands respect: a quantity of never previously republished material survived my cull.

Iain Sinclair

 

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