Obstilian

    Obstilian.co.uk, which began in 2012, has been updated again, in June 2016. The first nine texts (on
the navigation list) are new to Obstilian and replace most of those on view since September 2014.
However the latter will remain available to anyone who bookmarked them. The site provides some
samples of Sebastian Schloessingk’s work over the last ten or fifteen years. He’s the editor of Qualm.co.uk,
which he started in 2003. Born in Britain, of German and Irish parents. Early selection published by
Piccolo. Individual publications in, amongst other places, Verse, Oxford Poetry and, more recently,
Formafluens, Dedalus and most often Quadrant. Author of libretto for Magma (or The See-through-
Wilderness
), an opera first performed in Italy in 1998 (and reviewed over here by The Independent).

    Sebastian Schloessingk's book, Cry of the No-No, just out from the Gometra Press, published in Sept
2017, is available from Amazon - using name, not title only - at £7 or $9 (in the UK takes a week or so
to arrive).

    Some opinions of his work. Jamie McKendrick: ‘Schloessingk’s poems all have an instantly recognizable
and original voice. There’s an appealing subtlety and variety of tone to them, and a syntax that mirrors the
twists and turns of a very particular consciousness. They range widely over the material and the material
itself is wide-ranging.’ Terese Svoboda: ‘Really, really loved the potatoes.’ Don Paterson: ‘Poems full of
terrific things.’ Les Murray (on The Draw): 'Could be a goer.' Roc Sandford (author of Canal Wood:A Flora
and To Milk A Unicorn): ‘Irresistible, consistent, crafty, chancing the rescue.’



Sebastian Schloessingk (Feb 2013)