Keith Collins reads the two poems Moon and Moon II from Derek Jarman’s book A Finger in the Fishes Mouth, which was reprinted after more than forty years and presented on 19th February 2014, twenty years after his death, at the London Review Bookshop. Find more details about this reading here.
Sophie Mayer reads from Derek Jarman’s A Finger in the Fishes Mouth on the occasion of the presentation of the book at the London Review Bookshop on 19th February 2014:
An extremely rare poetry book from Derek Jarman, A finger in the fishes mouth has been published by Test Centre to mark the 20th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death. The book will be launched by a special event at the London Review Bookshop on 19th February 2014, 20 years to the day since Jarman’s death: Derek’s partner Keith Collins and his biographer Tony Peake are joined by Ali Smith and Sophie Mayer to consider the poetic in Derek’s oeuvre and to read from the collection. The evening is hosted by Gareth Evans.
This book has been originally published in 1972, but the majority of the first edition having been destroyed by Jarman and was unavailable for over 40 years. This edition makes it possible to have a view at this missing link. The facsimile retains the book’s original format, with a silver mirror cover, and an image accompanying each poem, printed in a striking green ink. Additional material comes in the form of a new foreword and afterwords by Sophie Mayer, Tony Peake and Keith Collins. This book is the only published book as part of Jarman2014 a yearlong season of events to celebrate Jarman’s life and work.
This book is available to buy on this link and you’ll find more information about the special event here.