A Finger in the Fishes Mouth
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To mark the 20th anniversary of Derek Jarman's death, Test Centre produced a facsimile edition of his sole, early, extremely rare poetry book A Finger in the Fishes Mouth, originally published in 1972.
Heavily illustrated from Jarman's collection of postcards, the book combines text and visual imagery in a way which foreshadows his subsequent style as an artist and filmmaker. With the majority of the first edition having been destroyed by Jarman, this new edition makes available a missing, significant piece of his oeuvre.
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.
A Finger in the Fishes Mouth was the only book published as part of Jarman 2014, a year-long season of events to celebrate Jarman's life and work. The book was launched with a special event at the London Review Bookshop on 19 February 2014, 20 years to the day since Jarman's death.