About John Tottenham

After many years of resistance, John Tottenham finally sold out to the lucrative, fast-paced world of poetry. He is the author of The Inertia Variations, an epic cycle on the subject of work-avoidance, indolence and failure.  Antiepithalamia & Other Poems of Regret and Resentment, a sequence of mean-spirited love poems with particular respect paid to the institution of marriage, was published by Penny-Ante Press in October 2012.

A sonic and cinematic interpretation of The Inertia Variations by The The (Matt Johnson) was released in late 2017.

He is also an old-fashioned paint and brushes man, whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited at galleries in Los Angeles and New York. In June 2014 he had a solo show at Maloney Fine Art in July, 2014. A selection of his drawings appeared at Regen Projects, Los Angeles in late 2017. A new show of drawings, ‘Emptyscapes’, opened at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica in November, 2018.

Tottenham’s final collection of poitry, The Hate Poems, representing the dregs of his output between the years 2012 and 2015, was published by Amok press in late 2018. His essays and criticism often appear in Artillery, the LA Review of Books, and other periodicals.


21 Responses to “About John Tottenham”

  1. I enjoyed your sense of humor in your bio in Artillery. For some reason, I thought I’d let you know.

  2. I started a motorcycle club recently,we call ourselves the Sons of Apathy.Your words resonated with me,if a motorcycle group can have a Poet Laureate,and why not,then you are ours.

  3. I’ve just discovered you thanks to “no way jose”. Few words in a movie and it was enough; i want to know more about you and your writings. I love to read and when i feel satisfied enough of what i’m doing, i love to write as well. Rarely. But fortunally i have a tough job in a factory already 🙂
    Anyway, i’m looking forward to read your stuff very much.
    It was a very good comedy this one.
    Stefano. Italy

  4. I like your poems. That’s all

  5. I feel like a creep, I’ve looked at everything on the internet about you and your work. And wish there was more. I also wish you read a wider variety of poems, and maybe that there were more interviews or something. Also maybe I have a crush on you. But I hope it goes away!

  6. you should write more stories……………

  7. please make another book!

  8. handsome poet

  9. Just got a nod from terry(?) mentioning you and me in memphis

  10. They read some of your work recently in Italy on the radio:

  11. I like you. You’re likable.

  12. Hi John, I’m another “failed visionary” but published poet of long standing or collapsing. We met briefly at Cafe Figaro when we had a few pleasant words and then again by chance at Skylight Books where you touted me most “tottingly” to not buy your “terrible” book with the kitty cat on the cover! However, I am perversely enjoying your work online anyway.
    Good to meet you again not on Facebook where I’m faceless. Give me a shout out if you so desire. Dan

  13. I would like to buy a painting

  14. I enjoyed reading yyour post

  15. you’re a strange and cruel man


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