The South West Poetry Tour was a 5 day collaborative initiative curated by Camilla Nelson and Steven Fowler in August 2016. The tour consisted of collaborative poetic performances at The Barbara Hepworth Museum (St Ives), The Poly (Falmouth), Schumacher College (Dartington), Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute (Bath) and Hauser & Wirth Somerset (Bruton). In addition to the collaborative efforts of the 6 touring poets – JR Carpenter, John Hall, Matti Spence, Annabel Banks, Camilla Nelson and SJ Fowler – the project featured work by 60 emerging and established poets from across the region. Supported by Arts Council England, The South West Poetry Tour has commissioned over 60 new works as part of its ambition to forge creative links between poets, artists, arts organisations and audiences locally, regionally and nationally. We are delighted to be able to share a small selection of these works through this special South West Poetry Tour edition of The Clearing.

The 7th poet – SJ Fowler and John Hall


Who is the 7th army? Who is the 7th artery?

Who is the 7th corruption in the halls?




perhaps unnameable


the one who is missing


Who is the 7th masked acting in my honour?


Who is the 7th to stop writing?


Who is the 7th to be blamed?


the one who is missing


always matters


matter as a space


whose hollow


Who is the 7th changing lines?

What is the 7th private line?


John Hall has been making poems for pages since 1966 and visual poems for 25 years. He has recently retired from a long career in cross-disciplinary arts teaching, mostly at Dartington College of Arts, and is closely associated with the idea of Performance Writing, on which he has written a number of essays. His next book of poetry will be published in 2017.

SJ Fowler is a poet and artist. He has published various collections of poetry and text, and been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, The British Council, Tate Britain, Liverpool Biennial and Wellcome Collection. He has been translated into 21 languages and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico City to Erbil, Beijing to Tbilisi. He is the poetry editor of 3am magazine, Lecturer at Kingston University, teaches at Tate Modern and is the curator of the Enemies project.