No more “Beating” about the Bush – I am here to promote my work!

So I have published my latest collection of poetry.

Pop Versus Subterranean by Jason Disley out now!

It is a great feeling producing a book and seeing it in the flesh. Published through my own imprint Beatnpress. This book is a really honest collection. I am proud of it, because it has been created during what has been a tumultuous year for so many people.

As poet and artist Becky Nuttall writes:

Jason covers all the current major themes in ‘Pop Versus Subterranean’ – everything we have lived through and our thoughts in the last months ; the Pandemic, Black Lives Matter, the Government, reflections on love, youth, the Jazz Age, suburban life , the influence of Pop Art, the Cosmos – understanding how we need to recreate our own space – virtual, fantasy or reality.

From the Foreword of Pop Versus Subterranean by Jason Disley (2021)

The intention is a collection that is relevant and up to date, but also explores the nature of what is popular, and what is considered Subterranean or Underground. Its about being innovative and striving for success, but not necessarily selling out.

As with most of my work there is a musicality and use of rhythms often likened to Jazz. I am a self styled Beat Poet, and I wear my influences on my sleeve.

Of all my poetry collections, this one is perhaps one that reflects the way I think the most. I have also been very creative with the design of the cover. Using Pop Art style motifs similar to Peter Blake and colours I have tried to link the interior with the cover in an artistic way. The arrows and the red circle are a nod to the influence Paul Weller has had on my work.

The image of Paul Weller wearing on the cover of This Is The Modern World shows Paul wearing a jumper with two arrows and a badge on the front.

I chose a reinterpreted simplified version for the main image. When creating this cover. It’s not an exact copy. The arrows differ in size on the book cover because the meanings inferred by the image in relation to the books title are different than the Pop Art/Punk ethos Paul Weller is implying. It is also reversed as I did not want to be seen as copying an idea, but taking it as an artistic influence.

If you are interested in Pop Versus Subterranean you can either use the contact form on the menu of this page and make a request for signed copies or go to lulu.com where the book is printed and dispatched on demand.

Pop Versus Subterranean

The book cover design.

There is a new collection of what I term “Modernist Beat Poetry” coming out on March 26th. It is available via Beatnpress.

It is a collection that delves into various topics and thoughts during the last twelve months. The world is very much changed, as society has had to come to grips with the Covid 19 Pandemic. So, in this book some of the events and my personal perceptions are revealed. Such as, the Pandemic, Black Lives Matter, the Government, reflections on love, youth, the Jazz Age, suburban life , the influence of Pop Art, the Cosmos – understanding how we need to recreate our own space – virtual, fantasy or reality.

It is not unlike other books I have written, as there are elements of musicality in my poetry. I am fascinated by society, culture and art, and write honestly, sharing things as I perceive them. During lockdown, we all have moments of fear, horror, hope and yearning. Thereabout comes senses of rebellion and at times even confrontation. But, there are also moments of optimism and hope. Life is complicated, and as a writer I search for understanding. There are also moments where I drift into surrealism.

However the main focus in the book is the relationship between Popular culture, and underground culture. What is underground today, could be the popular culture of tomorrow. There are nods to Pop Art, and some quite Avant-garde ideas, as well as the fickleness of Pop. More niche ways of thinking are looked at by society with suspicion yet are equally valid. Underground movents or subcultures can express amazing wisdom and foresight. Some will disappear, but others will grow in popularity.

Jason Disley poet.

This book is like a collection of verbal photographs, it is a series of moments and thoughts made during 2020 – 2021, that I have recorded and chosen to share.

Pop Versus Subterranean the new book by Jason Disley

I hope though, that the work serves to inspire, and in a small way educate. Like my literary heroes, I believe in the art of expression. I self styled myself as a modern day Beat Poet because I have similar tastes to those that went before me. I live to live, and wholeheartedly take on board experience – no matter whether it is good or bad. I live in the moment, and take each day as it is. During the Pandemic, as with many of you out there, there have been difficult days, and days that seem easier. Creativity has helped me. As I am sure many of you out there have also been productive. This is the fruit of my labour. I hope you like it and whether it stays underground or becomes popular is not up to me. I just want it to be read, and hopefully appreciated.

The collection has a wonderful foreword written by poet and artist Becky Nuttall, who is also a curator of exhibitions and helps run Stanza Extravaganza, a (before Covid) regular spoken word event in Torbay. She has her own collection called Nick’s Gift – which I highly recommend. It is available from Amazon.

Pop Versus Subterranean will officially be available from Lulu.com as of 26th of March. It is also available via myself and in a few weeks time from various other online retailers.

The book retails at £10.99 +pp

Please send me a message if you would like a copy.

Here is the title poem. Pop Versus Subterranean:

The title poem: Pop Versus Subterranean by Jason Disley

Thanks for reading.

Jason Disley.

Echoes Of Sea Shore Tides: spoken word and Our Place In The Seven Heavens.

I recently submitted a couple of poems to an exhibition at Artizan Gallery in Torquay which was curated by poet and artist Becky Nuttall and fellow poet Robert Garnham.

I was thrilled to have my poems included in the exhibition which juxtaposed the poetry with fine pieces of artwork.

The exhibition is a fantastic celebration of placing either yourself or the area of Torbay in a celestial place beneath the Moon. The whole nature of the exhibition was open for broad interpretation as all art should be. Provoking stimulus, whether it be memories, places, or

simply now.

Artizan Gallery website

The two poems I submitted were The Echo Of Sea Shore Tides, and The System AKA Grockle Town.

The first, Echo – is relating to life in a seaside town, the microcosm of rock pools, the way life changes with the Tides which are of course ruled by the moon. It reflects how the order of life can be changed, and yet there is always a glimmer of hope even when the natural order has been disturbed.

Provided by Jacob Brandon @artizangallery poem written by Jason Disley

The other poem was a poem inspired by a film and novel titled The System which was inspired and written about life in Torbay during the 1960s. The screen play was written Peter Draper, who also happens to be Becky Nuttall’s Father. She told me that her father actually coined the term “Grockle” which has since been entered into dictionaries meaning : a noun Grockle: derogatory term for holiday maker usually visiting Devon or Cornwall.

Now I myself used to visit Torbay as a child in the seventies and eighties, before moving to Devon in the nineties. I had seen first hand the way the local lads would charm the holiday makers looking for fun, romance and excitement. I myself upon moving here I will unashamedly admit behaved in a similar manner as I was a young single man looking to have fun. So, when I was given the opportunity to write a poem about Torbay The System came to mind. I have read both the book and watched the movie, and from my own experiences growing up felt suitably inspired.

The poem can be seen on display as part of the Exhibition which I highly recommend, and not just because I have a couple of poems on display there, but because there is a great mix of wonderful art and words on display.

The System starring Oliver Reed and Jane Merrow

The novel The System by John Burke and taken from the screenplay by Peter Draper

The back cover of the Pan edition of The System

I will be appearing at Artizan Gallery on Monday the 20th of May as part of a Live event that will include music and poetry.

I will be performing poems from my new collection Chaos Reigns Supreme. The poems that are in this exhibition and some poetry from previous collections.

JD.