John Powls is a long-established writer with a broad ambit encompassing journalism, drama and contributions to other artists’ books.
But above all he is a landscape poet with a considerable body of published and exhibited work who has long and frequent experience of performing this, including on television and radio.
His poetry is influenced by the Romantic tradition and has been inspired by Dartmoor, seascapes and his native North East of England with interesting diversions to London, Japanese gardens in England, the worlds of visual art and music – and Route 66!
In developing his particular heritage of language, John aims to innovate in realising his themes on the page – including with design – and in performance. He is fascinated by the interplay of anticipation, memory and experience.
In performance, John often collaborates with artists, musicians and other poets in multimedia projects.
Recent work and current projects
Route 66 – open road for promiseland
Inspired by a drive of ‘Main Street USA’, that symbol of Americana, with its hinterland of iconography and imagination.
North Sea to the East
Inspired by the landscape and language particular to the North East of England that shaped Johns’ aesthetic as a poet.
53 five line poems inspired by the seascape and coastline and the work of composer, Terry Riley
This new work explores John’s response to individual trees, sublime woodland and the Treescapes that nature imagines