Historical Plans Of How Romans Made Drains by Sez Thomasin

Sez Thomasin was born in Keighley and lives in Sheffield. They were diagnosed autistic in their late 30s. This, their first poetry collection, explores the experience of growing up unknowingly neurodiverse and celebrating this newly discovered aspect of their identity.


The very spelling of it:
The wkw that must be a mistake
The way it makes you purse your lips and sneer
To spit it out.

And then it lies between us on the table;
A hairball
Dripping ellipses
A rank miasma now engulfs us both
Now it’s too late.

It’s unignorable once said out loud.
Something has been acknowledged
Been made real.
The cloud between us thickens and we choke
On consonants.


“This talented poet turns the reader’s face to the beauty of freaks, holds our feet to the fire of the cultures we frighten, and makes us smile, giggle, guffaw and weep in their loving arms. I plan on reading this many times over.” – Kate Bornstein, author of Hello, Cruel World

“The poems in this collection get beneath the suspiciously-well-tended lawn of everyday life and put molehills in it. ‘Historical Plans of How Romans Made Drains’ frames moments of isolation, awkwardness, humour, connection and celebration. It’s high time more people read Sez’s work.” – Helen Mort

“Sez Thomasin is a brilliant performer and these poems also live powerfully on the page. They show how somebody can be mis-recognised and erased by the expectations and labels of others, and are a joyous filling-in of autistic experience by reclaiming words and the spaces in-between.” – Kate Fox, stand-up poet


Currently available to order from the Lulu website. Coming soon to order from Amazon, or directly from the author or publisher.