emergency_cover_smallPublished 10 August 2012

£8.99, 80 pages
ISBN 978-1-908058-02-7

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Whenever a character on late night TV
watches some late night TV of their own
the only thing that ever seems to be
on the box is metaphor the gang member
watching jackals on Discovery the drug addict
glued to the end of White Christmas
the elder statesman who stays up long enough
to see the dead return from their graves
holy shit this network knows its demographic
Queer Pets Attack Scotsmen returns next week
but coming up next on the metaphor channel
the closest thing you’ll get to a satisfactory answer
when you follow the trail of x-radiation
from your bedroom back to the small of the lounge
and ask him what the fuck he’s watching
as he turns to you in his snow-drift shirt with
the pepperoni print eyes like Acme anvils
nothing in his head but a triple-five number
the dialing code we reserved for fiction
like a dick   drawn onto his cheek   in his sleep

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Emergency Window is my second full collection, published in 2012 by Penned
in the Margins:
Welcome to a science fiction reality of mirrors, windows and menacing
simulacra – where nothing is as it seems. In this ambitious and long-awaited
second full collection, Sutherland interrogates the language of authenticity,
presenting the poet as an anxious, disorientated collaborator trapped in a
world of hacked computers and digital avatars.
Emergency Window features new poems alongside excerpts from two recent
sequences, including a hilarious and strangely prescient version of Little Red
Riding Hood, a poem written using Google Streetview, sonnets inspired by the
Street Fighter 2 video game, and a sequence of computer-generated translations
of classic literature. Surreal, funny, intelligent and experimental, these poems
chart a search for meaning in a disintegrating world.

Reviews of Emergency Window

“lucid observations, smart conceits and insight into the contemporary world as
a fragmented, self-constructed thing”
 Holly Williams, The Independent
“The images cohere and expand, making gloriously relevant new ones; the crows
rising up in omen as ornate costumes burn is undercut by the pile of singed polyester
flares and pink Mia Wallace wigs. Neither image can flatten the other, both floundering
in the disconnect between feeling and circumstance.” 
Carmel Doohan, Exeunt Magazine
“These poems have a particular beauty, liberated from any notion of original meaning
which clears space for new, surprising significance. [... Sutherland's] engagement with
the hyper- and sub-real is subtle and enjoyable.” 
Jessica Stacey, The Literateur
“playful, energetic and saturated in the environment (if not the values) of late
-consumerist society”
Steve Spence, Stride Magazine
Here’s me talking to Amy Liptrot of Dazed Digital about the book.