The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Dead

By Dominic Fisher

Dominic Fisher’s debut collection

This collection of poems explores ways the living and the dead meet – for lunch , in an artwork, on an allotment plot, in the city. We meet poets, artists and others engaged in the struggles and contradictions of their own times, and encounter challenges from our own.


Blue Nib Publishing
ISBN   978-1-9993655-2-3
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About Dominic

Born in Frome in Somerset, and growing up on a hill just south of Bath, I went to secondary school in Bristol, and wrote poems and climbed trees instead of playing football. After falling off my bike a lot I studied Keats and Coleridge, the blues and psychedelia, the repeal of the Corn Laws, and William Turner. Then Aberystwyth University unwisely let me in to study Art and English. For a time I lived on on the Dyfi estuary in a green railway carriage with a dog called Biggles. In an attempt at adulthood I trained to teach, though continued writing.

My first teaching job was in Turkey, in a munitions factory in Kirrikale then in Ankara. I left in 1980 just in time to miss a coup d’etat but catch an attempted one in Spain. While this was happening I met my wife, a New Zealander, in a small town near Barcelona. She reads my poems to this day. We moved to the Bristol area and between us produced a Bristolian who achieved adulthood more convincingly than I did. On our allotment (heavy clay, hard work but fertile) we see foxes, goldfinches in the summer, and sometimes a sparrowhawk. All these creatures get into the poems along with the leeks and beans.

I published poems in magazines in the 80s and 90s but it wasn’t until I left teaching that poetry got the attention it needed. In the last three years or so I’ve published in Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Magma, Brittle Star,  Raceme, South Bank Poetry, The Interpreter’s House, and Under the Radar and a poem has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. I was the winner of the international Bristol Poetry Prize 2018, and my collection The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Dead was published by The Blue Nib in March 2019.

Praise for Ladies and Gentlemen of the Dead

"This is an outstanding collection of 53 poems by a writer with a distinct, compelling voice. Fisher is clearly fascinated by how opposites are really so close to each other: the living and the dead, work and play, the rural and the urban, the ordinary everyday and the complex."
Richard Keeble

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Burning as we go

 ‘Pile everything that will burn into the stoke-hole: decks, masts, everything – including the lifeboats!’ So ordered Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Round the World in 80 Days. Fogg was attempting to get round the globe and back to the Reform Club in eighty days for a £20,000 bet. And,

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The Wine Vaults & the Mandelstams Wed 31st

 On Wednesday 31st I’m reading in Bath, 7.30 at St James Wine Vaults (see also Facebook). The pub is just off Julian Road behind the Royal Crescent, as I know well having grown up in Bath, insofar as I ever did. My mother was born nearby and the youth club

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North south east west

  NORTH Look, it’s eight o’ clock to the north with the windows going blue. Listen, the wires and aerials are mostly silent. All the messages they carried are flashing in under the pavement now. See how all the vehicles are facing downhill due east, doubtless to get the first

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Christopher Marlowe sings the blues in Albion

On Sunday I left Bristol and went to Albion’s capital to visit the dramatist and author of Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe  – at the inn in Deptford where he was stabbed in the eye. At least, perambulating St Nicholas’ Church we must have been close at some point. In Marlowe’s

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There, Square, and on fire

You might remember that a couple of gigs ago they rushed the stage  – two toddlers who were rightly curious about what was going on. That was in Bath. Back in Bristol last night we set the place on fire. That was at the Berkeley Square Poetry Revue, with Melanie

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Poppies for Square Tuesday

I’m delighted to be sharing the  Berkeley Square Poetry Revue with  Deborah Harvey and Melanie Branton plus singer-songwriter Howard Silverman  next Tuesday  8.30, admission £2, at the Square Club 15 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1HB. Come along and hear us, after all in these gloomy times we need poetry, music, and art

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IsamBards at the Bristol Festival of Nature

Last week we were on grass surrounded by big trees in Bath. This Saturday we were surrounded mostly by stone and glass in Anchor Square close to the waterfront on Bristol’s harbourside. The Isambards performed for a crowd of thousands. True, they had little choice in the matter and had

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After Emily Dickinson

A monster is the President,we’re parted from our friends.Our very self then breaks apart,adrift our country ends. The monster shrugs back to his den,we’re salvaged by our friends.Our common wealth, our heart, gets healed,at last the warfare ends. I woke once more, I was not deadbut found the monster grown.Then

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IsamBards perform at the Festival of Nature

They rushed the stage, both of them. One, in time-honoured fashion got right up close to the portable amp while the other stood at the mic stand and eyed me quizzically. I was reading a poem about a wasp – and in fact someone from the Woodland Trust, a grown

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Launch at the Bristol Folk House

We had a lovely launch on Friday night at the Bristol Folk House. Lots of people came – family, former colleagues, poets galore, and the Folk House people did us proud I was wonderfully supported by three other poets, who made a great mix. They were  Deborah Harvey , Ben

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Events and links May to June

Sunday 19th May  –  two poetry walks at Bristol University Botanic Gardens with  The IsamBards:  David Johnson, Pameli Benham, Deborah Harvey, and me  11.00 & 2.00 , The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop Bristol BS9 1JG. Friday 24th May –  The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Dead – Bristol launch 7.00

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