Servant Drone

Bruno Neiva, Servant Drone

Book by Paul Hawkins and Bruno Neiva. [Links. Blurbs. Images]

Details > ​Servant Drone, Paul Hawkins and Bruno Neiva, inkjet print on paper, perfect-bound, softcover, 14.2 x 20.3 cm, 66 pp., 1st edition: Knives Forks and Spoons Press, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, UK, ​Nov. 2015, ISBN 978-1-909-44380-8, cover art: Privados Um by Bárbara Mesquita. URL:

Description > Collaborative book of poems by Bruno Neiva and Paul Hawkins. A call and response dialogue produced from fragments of found text.

Blurbs >

“Reading Servant Drone is like rifling through Tristan Tzara’s confidential waste, receiving a spam email from Kurt Schwitters or eavesdropping on an inaudible conversation at the fringes of a deconstructivist house party. Fragmentary and beautifully bewildering, this is a work of dense collage, where found and made text stack up to build an edifice that threatens to topple time and again but is saved by a change in wind direction. Servant Drone is in perpetual motion, a shaken snow globe of references and registers, refusing the easy eternal verities, finding instead a more complex truth in the temporary furniture of the sublunar sphere. Deeply nuanced and obliquely radical, this is a book to keep in your pocket as a charm against the liquid spectres of a late capitalist Monday morning.” (Tom Jenks)

“What is the worst poetry myth? That it is a singular form, not naturally lending itself to collaboration? Or that what is actually contemporary, relevant, dynamic, is innately experimental or strange? Servant Drone is one of the finest examples of a poetic work which destroys both superstitions in one fell sweep. It is energetic, decisive, colloquial and necessary. It is a work of synthesis between two exceptional vanguard poets that balances satire, critique and humour with an intense methodological engagement.” (SJ Fowler)

Publication history >

​#10 (Hawkins), #10 (Neiva), #11 (Hawkins) and #11 (Neiva), Queen Mob’s Teahouse, London, UK and Seattle, WA, USA, Sept. 2015.

Articles, interviews, and reviews >

[We are grateful to Bruno Neiva for the authorization that allowed this entry to be made available in the PO.EX Digital Archive]