Leans is the condition experienced by a jet pilot as he leaves the Earth's gravity. The book brings together four chapter-books and the remaining poetry that completes the poet's twenty-three-year project Gravity as a consequence of shape started in 1982. The earlier two volumes were Gravity and Entanglement, published in 2004 and 2005. The work includes brief and clear descriptions of scientific vocabulary along with poetry that demonstrates enjambment and transformations of poetry derived from collage practice or a practice that uses more than occasion to inform the work all at once in the same place. The poetry continues and extends the poet's concern for how we know anything and what vocabulary humans use to describe it. The texts therefore draw on unusual as well as straightforward words to achieve a rich range from blend to disruption. This encourages the reader's confidence but also provides many instances of surprise.
Allen Fisher is a poet, painter, publisher, editor and art historian, lives in Hereford. He is Emeritus Professor of Poetry & Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has exhibited in many shows including Hereford 2013, London 2003 and York 1993. Examples are in the Tate, the Living Museum, Iceland, King's Archive London and various private collections. His last four books were Place, Entanglement, Gravity and Proposals.