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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Sometimes you dig things up

Our ground is heavy clay, which is hard going, especially if you’re digging up the old raspberry bed, which hasn’t been dug over this century.  All the raspberries we ate off the plot were from the EU. The new ones nearby may well not be. Dismal though that is to

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Primroses and bluebells at Buck Mills

These primroses are on a bank with bluebells, ferns, and red campion, along the steep road by the stream down to Bucks Mills, near Clovelly and Hartland  in North Devon, where on Sunday I read at the Bucks Mills Poetry Festival with Deborah Harvey.  Deborah, whose fourth collection from Indigo

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Natural editor reviews Bucks Mills gig

I’m getting ready for the Bucks Mills Festival on Sunday (on the coast near Bideford, Devon EX39 5DY) where I’m reading with Deborah Harvey. Appropriately enough for such a beautiful location, the themes are nature and place.  I’m being assisted by Gem, a brindled cat of about twelve months old.

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May blossoms

Lots coming up in May. Next weekend is the Bucks Mills Festival, on the theme of nature and place, which you can read all about here. I’m reading with Deborah Harvey on Sunday at about midday, so if you’re anywhere near the North Devon coast (just where the knee of

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Botanical in May

There are two events coming up before the Bristol launch on May 24th – details of which soon. One is The Bucks’ Mills Festival on May 5th then on May 19th there are two poetry walks at Bristol University Botanic Gardens. Details of both here . And here’s a picture

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Bee in a poppy

Here on our small island just off the European mainland we are having a collective nervous breakdown, and each of us is somewhere on two different scales: dread or ignorance of impending environmental catastrophe, dread or relish at the prospect of leaving the EU. But it is spring, and among

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Spring Raceme

Spring arrived paper brown through the letterbox today then emerged shiny green. ‘Raceme’ is a botanical term meaning a cluster of short-stalked flowers strung on a long stem. Think wisteria for example. It also means an excellent publication of poetry, reviews and essays appearing in the spring and autumn. Raceme’s

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Music of meaning at Satellite of Love

You really would be hard put to find a more eclectic and friendly evening than the ever-fascinating Satellite of Love Poetry and Spoken Word night  (Facebook, Twitter -@SOL_Poetry) in Easton, Bristol, run by Helen Sheppard, Pauline Seawards, and Stella Quinlivan (two open mic sets, featured poets, money raised goes to

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Firming the soil

Today as I cleared up the mayhem a fox had wreaked on a rubbish bag in our road I recalled reading A Fox’s Late Winter blessing from the collection at Silver Street Poetry on Friday. I also read the poem below, which as well as mourning a dead friend, mentions

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Reading at Silver Street Poetry 5th April

We had a good time at Silver Street Poetry this afternoon and a good turnout of old friends and new. I’ve been coming to this event for some years now, and many of the poems in the collection had their first airing there so it was very fitting that this

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Events and links May to June

Sunday 5th May  – reading with me and Deborah Harvey  at Buck Mills Festival12.00 Bucks Mills, Bideford, Devon EX39 5DY England 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

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