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The Fabulanarchist Luxury Uprising

The Fabulanarchist Luxury Uprising


The Fabulanarchist Luxury Uprising is a collection of poems by Jack Houston. Cover design by Amy Louise Evans.


At a point as high as the lowest rib

of a tall man, perhaps heart-height

on someone smaller, the tree trunk’s cut,

its branches, limbs carried off.


Levelled by chainsaw,

the honey-gold circumference of its centre

now the smooth top of an organic monolith

set by the side of a path in the park.


Walking past, I realise I don’t remember

there being a tree there.

– ‘Elegy for Myself’

Page count: 36

Publication date: 07 April 2022

Paperback ISBN: 9781912915965

GTIN: N/A SKU: 9781912915965 Categories: , , Tag:

Jack Houston

Jack Houston is a writer and public librarian from London. His poetry has been shortlisted for the 2017 Basil Bunting and 2018 Keats-Shelley Prizes, and has appeared in publications including Blackbox Manifold, Magma, The Morning Star, The Rialto, Poetry London and Stand. His short fiction was shortlisted for the 2020 Brick Lane Bookshop Prize and the 2020 BBC National Short Story Award. He lives in Hackney with his partner and their three children, two goldfish and a stick insect.


Playful, formal, satirical and tender, the poems in The Fabulanarchist Luxury Uprising are wildly wide-ranging. Jack Houston whisks the reader through meditations on family life, the teachings of Lucretius, the sexual potential of Captain Barnacles, and dreams of a socialist utopia, managing to be both deeply weird and touching.

In his debut pamphlet, Houston draws out and scrutinises the mundanities of life, showing how they can form part of something much bigger. His poems aim to awaken the capacity for revolution within us all, even if it only gets us as far as the roundabout in the local playpark.

More from Jack Houston

Two poems by Jack published with And Other Poems.

An excerpt from Jack’s 2020 BBC National Short Story Prize shortlisted story ‘Come Down Heavy’, published on the London Review Bookshop’s website.

Additional information

Dimensions 12.9 × .5 × 19.8 cm

Pamphlet, eBook

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