Miguel Cullen

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Published by Odilo Press

Poems by Miguel Cullen
Design by Alix Janta-Polczynski
Videography by Ivar Wigan, Agustina Comedi and Fede Velar

300 copies 

35 Pounds

Hologram is the third poetry collection by Buenos Aires-born, London-based poet Miguel Cullen. A genre-bending 'video-book', Hologram is a one-of-a-kind multimedia project that transforms poetry into an immersive experience. The book contains an embedded light-weight video module in its inside cover that plays 4 video-poems collaborations between Cullen and internationally acclaimed videographers such as Ivar Wigan and Agustina Comedi.

Split into two parts – ‘Guest List’ and ‘Stragglers’ – Hologram embodies the theme of those who make the cut and those who don’t. ‘Guest List’ features poems from the perspectives of celebrities, mythological characters and historical figures. Throughout Hologram, Cullen’s poems deal with themes such as sexuality, addiction, mental illness, race, class and celebrity in surreal, subversive and completely original ways.

August Kleinzahler describes Cullen’s poetry: “If there’s a musical analogue for this poetry it’s the swoosh and sizzle of wire brushes swept across the frum head or the Chinese cymbal, electrical, reverberant, of the moment and wild. What more can one hope for as a beacon in the cultural scrum we find ourselves.”

Poems appeared in Stand, Abridged, PURPLE fashion magazine, Acumen (shortlist), Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2020 shortlist and longlist.



Published by Odilo Press & Alteria Art (2017)
Poems by Miguel Cullen
Artwork by Alix Janta-Polczynski

450 copies 

25 Pounds

Odilo Press and Alteria Art are pleased to present Paranoid Narcissism! (2017) with poems by Miguel Cullen and artwork by Alix Janta-Polcynski.

Paranoid Narcissism! was the difficult second album by Miguel. Delicately and beautifully produced by Alix Janta-Polczynski in a bigger-than-A4 size, inspired by old California travel catalogues. The poetry is a coming-of-age portrait that is deeply personal to the writer. A voyage to mindfulness, London viewed as a passenger.  Greek mythology is a fruitful inspiration here, specifically the Minotaur myth.

The book is part a rite of passage, after the wandering innocence of the first, a struggle for freedom, from the prison of money, rational ways of living, the strict, overused storylines of the Greek myths.  In a sense Dadaist; part disciplined attempt at formal style, part departure into a more brutalist stream-of-conscience; all inspired by his recent relationship: inspired and aspiring to be more formidable.

Poems appeared in Lunar Poetry, East End Review, and were commended in the Segora Poetry Competition. The book received a publicity quote by A N Wilson.



Published by Odilo Press (2014)
Poems by Miguel Cullen
Artwork by Alix Janta-Polczynski
Sound bite: Kool FM - DJ Brockie, MC Shabba, IC3

350 copies

20 pounds

Wave Caps is the first collection from Miguel Cullen. Part paean to East London, where he'd lived in an abandoned house off Brick Lane, part experiment with a Berryman-type stream of consciousness, part-prefiguring the new wave of diaspora poetry, part psychogeography, part love letter, it was “good in parts”, like the curate’s egg. One reviewer put it that way. The work contained a speaker attached to a battery and a button in the sealed back sleeve - containing the soundbite (Kool FM - DJ Brockie, MC Shabba, IC3).  A track used to complete a work, making the poem uniquely immersive.

Poems from the book were published in Caught By the River and Magma Poetry