2015 Titles — Alphabetical by Author

 
Merle Lyn Bachman  Blood Party

Published September 2015. Paperback, 104pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18  
ISBN 9781848614147 [Download a sample PDF from this book 
here.]

“Memory has its own architecture, its own geography. Yet, as Merle Bachman demonstrates in Blood Party, these are mutable—stretching and contracting within the space of experience: strafing events to get at their illogic and yet/memory, remaking. Bachman’s beautifully crafted, acutely sensitive poems adroitly combine history, autobiography, and lyric meditation. If space is ‘the externalization of what you really are,’ then Bachman risks sculpting space in a boldly disclosive and passionate way. This is a poetry that sends messages into the hidden sites of memory and returns with color, form, and commitment.” — Elizabeth Robinson

 
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Andre Bagoo  Burn

Published February 2015. Paperback, 70pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848614154 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

LONGLISTED FOR THE BOCAS LITERATURE PRIZE, 2016.

“Shapely intimations of disaster, poems of incendiary grace.” 
—Mervyn Morris, Poet Laureate of Jamaica
 
Burn is a kaleidoscopic, surreal and stunning collection. Bagoo forges carnivalesque, enigmatic, experimental, vivid, wild and wonder-inspiring poems full of verve and utterly fresh language that are, by turns, eerie, elegiac, fleshy, pensive, mournful, rhapsodic and absolutely scorching…
      Poems traverse geographical locations, from his island home of Trinidad, to other Caribbean islands and as far distant as Iceland. There, personal and societal angst, passions and pleasures are held up to a ‘sea of mirrors,’ into which we gaze. Bagoo explores daily life, love, art, history, literature, myth, popular culture, ritual and the molten ground of memory, bringing together and animating douens, lionfish, Auden, Mozart, Caravaggio and Tchaikovsky, among other figures. Bring the fire, burn.”  
—Loretta Collins-Klobah
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Richard Berengarten  Notness

Published February 2015. Paperback, 104pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848613812 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

This sequence of one hundred sonnets was composed between 1967 and 2013. The title, Notness, is an anagram of the word ‘Sonnets’. The word ‘Metaphysical’ in the subtitle is, I hope, a pointer to some of the tendencies and intentions in and surrounding the title. The only further key – or, rather, hint – that I think needs to be offered here is that the so-called ‘core’ of isness is notness, just as at that of notness is isnesss: a never-ending dance. Others more adept at quieting the buzzing mind will know a good deal more about this than I do.
—Richard Berengarten
 
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Andy Brown  Watersong

Published June 2015. Chapbook, 30pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848614505 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Watersong begins with the first of the great cholera epidemics of 19th Century England. Focussing on the poet’s home city of Exeter, the poems interlace select details from Exeter’s 1832 cholera outbreak, in which over 400 people died, with imagined narratives of the epidemic, and other related episodes in the city, factual and invented.

 

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Anthony Caleshu  The Victor Poems

Published October 2015. Paperback, 102pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848614314 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“Anthony Caleshu’s Victor is a wild ride, an arctic adventure, a spirited quest narrative, a mad love poem to the imagination in all its unstrung wild joys. The exuberance of address in this poem is contagious, at once zany and intimate, descriptive and lyric, it's pedal to the metal and won't let up. Caleshu is an extremely gifted and accomplished poet and a true romantic to boot.” —Peter Gizzi

"Who is Victor? Like Browning's Waring he eludes the grasp of his friends and admirers, but remains a vital presence in their lives. Anthony Caleshu's superb long poem conjugates our needs and our guilts, our misfortunes and our longings, by narrating an epic quest through polar regions in an aphoristic idiom that dazzles and shimmers like an arctic horizon. Victor lurks somewhere, perhaps up ahead, perhaps behind. 'What's so great about Victor?' the journeying band of brothers are occasionally asked. You must read this poem to find out." —Mark Ford
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Vahni Capildeo  Simple Complex Shapes

Published June 2015. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848614512 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Vahni Capildeo is a British Trinidadian writer of poetry and prose. Her recent work also appears in New Poetries VI (Carcanet, 2015).

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Thomas Carew  Collected Poems

Shearsman Classics Series.
Published November 2015. Paperback,200pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £12.95 / $20

ISBN 9781848614390 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Thomas Carew (1595-1640) was, with Robert Herrick, the finest poet of the “tribe of Ben”, the poets who gathered around Ben Jonson in the taverns of Southwark in the early 17th century. This collected edition is the only complete edition of his poems available.

 

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Kelvin Corcoran  Sea Table

Published March 2015. Paperback, 104pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848614215 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

In Sea Table Kelvin Corcoran brings it all back home. Not that it was ever very far away, but for twenty years or more he has been writing a lot of poetry concerning Greece and may have gained a reputation as a specialist or travel-writing poet, both of which would be wrong. Greece, both place and stories, was a lens onto our present condition and its depths, and through that focus he developed an essentially lyrical (meaning ‘unashamedly poetry’) field as the basis for a move towards larger forms: monologue and narrative, neither merely transcribed but re-invented every time from a literal rendering of the life and the materials. The four substantial sets in this book bring these extended skills to work on a range of subjects: a personal health crisis and recovery told as an underground descent and the return to intellectual light; a light-hearted musical prance around various poets; a rhapsodic rendering of the story of Glen Gould… And the last, the title-set, “Sea Table”, which re-engages Greece in a substantial and remarkably sustained and eloquent sequence, a multiplied poetical narrative of sea voyage and trading venture coming through difficult and easy seas back to the home it started from, which the present tense and the archaic past inhabit in harmony. —Peter Riley
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Kelvin Corcoran (editor)  Shearsman 105 & 106

Published October 2015. Paperback, 108pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £8.95 / $16.
ISBN 9781848614222 

The second issue of Shearsman magazine for 2015, this includes new poetry by Juana Adcock, Astrid Alben, Carmen Bugan, Claire Crowther, Ian Davidson, Mark Dickinson, Clayton Eshleman, Gerrie Fellows, Samir Guglani, Lucy Hamilton, Lee Harwood, Dorothy Lehane, David Miller, Helen Moore, Sabiyha Rasheed, Peter Riley, Jaime Robles, Ian Seed, Aidan Semmens, Lucy Sheerman, Donna Stonecipher, Janet Sutherland, Philip Terry, Helen Tookey, Elzbieta Wójcik-Leese, Amy Wright and Tamar Yoseloff, and translations of Philippe Jaccottet by Ian Brinton, Osip Mandelstam by Alistair Noon, Winétt de Rokha by J. Mark Smith and Marina Tsvetaeva by Angela Livingstone.

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Claire Crowther  On Narrowness
Published April 2015. Paperback, 70pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848613904 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
On Narrowness is Claire Crowther’s third collection. Her previous collections attracted wide attention; the first was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh first collection prize. She is poet-in-residence at the Royal Mint Museum for 2014-15 and lives in Somerset with her husband, physicist Keith Barnham.
 
 
"A poet whose work is fully achieved and anything but conventional."
—John Greening, Times Literary Supplement 
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Andrew Crozier  'Free Verse' as Formal Restraint

Edited and introduced by Ian Brinton, With an afterword by J.H. Prynne.
Published April 2015. Paperback, 216pp, 9 x 6ins, £14.95 / $23

ISBN 9781848613966 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

This volume contains the remarkable PhD thesis submitted by Crozier in 1972, and for which his external examiner was J.H. Prynne—whose comments on the thesis are also included here, as an afterword.
 
“My intention in writing this thesis has been to cast some light on the prima facie case that free verse, in abandoning the exercise of metre, has abandoned that principle of restraint upon which the creation of artistic form depends. This point of view contrasts with a general contention on the part of the exponents of free verse that their works possess form which is not only unique but which also bears an immediate relation to the significance of the work, a relationship felt to be ‘musical’, although not in any directly analogical sense.”
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Mark Dickinson  Tender Geometries

Published April 2015. Paperback, 132pp, 9.14 x 6.21ins, £9.95 / $18 
ISBN 9781848613355 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Indignation at environmental injury and economic corrosion gives us indicative texts capable of sensing what is being damaged and waylaying us at that point to be continuously co-invented – but this can only be reached through an intricate lyric inoffensiveness once again testing the scope of poetry itself. Ambivalent, self-contaminating vitalities are combed through for their appraisals of renewal but which are not thread-bare so much as thread-aware, tangle-replete enough to take part in reprisals of praise.

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John Donne  Poems (1633)

Shearsman Classics Series.
Published May 2015. Paperback, 332pp, 9x6ins, £14.95 / $22

ISBN 9781848613874 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

This volume—presented in the original spelling, with all its inconsistencies—reproduces the text of Poems by J.D. With Elegies on the Authors Death, published in 1633, two years after Donne’s death. Very little of Donne’s poetry had been published during his lifetime but it was much prized and many manuscript copies survive from the period, although only one is in the author’s hand. This first edition of Poems by J.D. remains a monument and—unusually for posthumous publications of this kind—very little of the contents was not Donne’s work, only two poems having been incorrectly attributed. 

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Andrew Duncan  A Poetry Boom 1990-2010

Published November 2015. Paperback, 324pp, 9 x 6ins, £14.95 / $23 
ISBN 9781848614239 [Download a PDF of the Introduction to this book here.]

The third of Andrew Duncan’s surveys of 20th-century British poetry from Shearsman Books—there are two further volumes to come in 2016, new editions of volumes previously published by Salt and Liverpool University Press—and as idiosyncratic and as fascinating as the previous volumes. This volume covers the most recent period in our poetry, and pays special attention to recent anthologies as maps of the terrain, recent critical surveys of the scene, and to the work of a range of poets, from Claire Pollard to Emily Critchley, and from Pauline Stainer to B. Catling.
 
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George Economou  Unfinished & Uncollected

Published October 2015. Paperback, 100pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18 
ISBN 9781848614369 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Partly an addendum to George Economou’s versions of the canonical Cavafy poems, published by Shearsman in 2013, this volume also includes a number of uncollected poems and translations, which give us a picture of the author as both poet and translator, as well as a shadowy image of Cavafy himself.

"Invaluable as they are, these retrieved Cavafy poems at moments seem a prologue to Economou's own, so deeply has he assimilated, in the course of decades of translation, both the older poet and the store of Greek classic poetry in which he also was invested. But the very American wit and formal hijinks are Economou's own, as are the grace, for instance, of an epithalamion that Sappho might have sung—this isn't pastiche, but a bringing of past into present, as Cavafy did, and also of present into past. This is the stance of irony, which demands a double vision. As its final gift this eloquent book treats us to a fractured narrative of the poet's education in the irony that is and has been an essential armament of survival for those in both his benighted lands."  —Mark Weiss

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Amy Evans   CONT.

Published June 2015. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 978184861454-3 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

CONT. is the third section of Amy Evans’ poetic sequence, following on from The Sea Quells in 2013 and Collecting Shells in 2011. It can also be read as an individual chapbook. Through innovation with both language and the space of the page, these poems explore the boundaries of the sea, survival and the human voice.

“Amy Evans’ poems are delightful and dangerous firecrackers. The immediate effect is of a series of playful linguistic explosions but the pyrotechnic exuberance is quickly extinguished leaving afterimages of troubled waters. Fascinating.”  —Geraldine Monk

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Edwin Frank  Snake Train. Poems 1984-2013

Published March 2015. Paperback, 136pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848613621 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Kabbalist hymns, a Futurist dragon, Wagnerian vaudeville, Virgil in India, and Pinocchio, in love and at a loss, among the philosophers, are among the mirrors and reflections found in Snake Train, a gathering of the poetic sequences and longer poems (plus one piece of prose) that Edwin Frank has published over the years in various journals and chapbooks. Though haunted by ghosts, this book of waiting and wanting is very much set among the shiny constructions and destroyed or abandoned spaces of today’s continuous present, in which the lyric echoes from some past—or future—remove.
Cover of Edwin Frank - Snake Train
 
Tony Frazer (ed.) Shearsman 103 & 104

Published April 2015. Paperback, 108pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848614222 

The first issue of Shearsman magazine for 2015 includes original work by Tim Allen, James Bell, sean burn, James Byrne, Michelle Cahill, Geraldine Clarkson, Martin Crucefix, Laura Elliott, Michael Farrell, Keri Finlayson, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Tania Hershman, Sarah James, Rupert M Loydell, James McLaughlin, Kate Miller, Simon Perchik, John Phillips, Alexandra Sashe, Robert Sheppard, Zoë Skoulding, Simon Smith, Andrew Taylor & translations of María do Cebreiro (by Neil Anderson), Jordi Doce (by Lawrence Schimel), Esther Jansma (by Andrew Houwen), Olga Orozco (by Peter Boyle), Francis Ponge (by Ian Brinton), Jacqueline Risset (by Kevin Nolan) and Virgil (by David Hadbawnik).

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Damian Furniss  The Best of All Possible Worlds

Published September 2015. Paperback, 132pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848614444 [Download a sample PDF from this volume here.] 

 
101 poems about power and its consequences, one for each year from the beginning of the Great War to the present day, together making a history of the past century.
 
All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.
 
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Mark Goodwin  House At Out

Published November 2015. Paperback, 118pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848614185 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“In House At Out, Mark Goodwin steps beyond the physical landscapes of Back of A Vast, into a new topography: a world that is a “wild’s inf i nite b its” approached through the gaps and hollows in the word. The holes are apertures as we zoom into language, crack open word hordes and find worlds of association, “hole keys” with which we open kinetic lands as nimble as “music thinking of water”. Here are poems that “house and home // and hone a mind of sky-leaf sheets.” Step out with this book and relish the trip elsewhere.” —Simon Perril
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Ralph Hawkins  It Looks Like an Island But Sails Away

Published February 2015. Paperback, 120pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848614208.  [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“Ralph Hawkins’ poems minimise the gap of ‘constructive effort’ between the basic seeking of pleasure and pleasurable sensations, and the “mediated” pleasure of the poem. […] He does not bother with stage-setting. Each poem launches us into a series of “direct experiences” from whose course we could work out the shape of the self experiencing them. Hawkins is not asking how experience happens, but by describing the course of a self he answers the question anyway. The course is one of attention, constantly switching on and off, jumping between planes; Hawkins’ method is to eliminate whatever is not interesting, and his poetic line is as rapid, sporadic, shifting, polyvalent, slight and self-reversing as consciousness itself. […] The removal of conventional connections leaves a vast space for originality: his style is located in the edits, the jumps.” —Andrew Duncan

Cover of Ralph Hawkins - It Looks Like an Island But Sails Away
 
Peter Jaeger  Family Time

Published June 2015. Chapbook, 32pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848614529 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Peter Jaeger is a Canadian poet now living in the UK. He is the author of several books and is Professor of Poetics at Roehampton University in London. 

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David Jaffin  Taking Leave
Published January 2015. Paperback, 397pp, A5 format, £15 / $23.
ISBN 9781848614253
 
The first of David Jaffin's 2015 titles, another almost-400 pages of minimalist lyrics. As Chicago Review said of his recent Light Sources and Landing Rights:
 
"Decidedly prolific, bite-sized, brief, crisply restrained and profoundly philosophical."
 
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David Jaffin  Jewel Sensed
Published July 2015. Paperback, 419pp, A5 format, £15 / $23.
ISBN 9781848614536
 
The second of David Jaffin's 2015 titles, this time  more than 400 pages of minimalist lyrics. As Chicago Review said of his recent Light Sources and Landing Rights:
 
"Decidedly prolific, bite-sized, brief, crisply restrained and profoundly philosophical."
 
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Abdulkareem Kasid  Poems

Translated from Arabic by the author & Sara Halub, with John Welch.
Published October 2015. Paperback, 96pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $18

ISBN 9781848614420 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Well-known in the Arab world as a poet, essayist and translator Abdulkareem Kasid, born in Basra in 1946, escaped from Iraq in 1978 and went to live in Aden. He lived and worked in Damascus for ten years before settling in London with his wife and two children. In recent years he has returned to Iraq from time to time as well as travelling widely in North Africa and the Middle East. His translations from French into Arabic include poetry by Rimbaud, Jacques Prévert’s Paroles, and Anabase by Saint-John Perse. In 2006 he worked on A Soldier’s Tale, Stravinsky’s opera transposed to an Iraqi setting and performed at the Old Vic Theatre in 2006. Translations of his work have appeared in a variety of print and online journals in the UK.

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David Kennedy  The Apple and the Mountain

Published May 2015. Paperback, 76pp, 9 x 6ins, £8.95 / $16 
ISBN 9781848614260 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"In as much as you can read poetry and look at paintings you will find serious delight in David Kennedy’s poems about Cézanne.  The sort of concentration required here however is not an endorsed, mainstream activity. It does not sell beans or financial products; it is simply about seeing. … To look at the paintings and read these poems simultaneously is a deep and rare pleasure."  — Kelvin Corcoran
 

 

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Nancy Kuhl  Pine to Sound

Published January 2015. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848614123 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“If an echo is a ‘pining into sound,’ Kuhl rewrites it in a way that gives pining uncommon agency — this is not a ‘pining away’ but a pining toward, a pining into. It’s vigorous; it’s vivid, but nonetheless graceful in its manipulation of the layers and columns of the human psyche. Rangy in her syntax, tight in her rhythms and sounds, Kuhl exposes the intricacies of daily acts, events and sights, slowly extending them out beyond their own boundaries to where ghosts whisper into open mouths and the ‘past is wild but almost / over.’ This exceptional poet hits a new height with each new book, and the view from this one is great!” — Cole Swensen

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Gerry Loose  An Oakwoods Almanac

Published June 2015. Paperback, 132pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $18 
ISBN9781848614352 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

With photographs by Morven Gregor.

Deliberately and quietly, Gerry Loose has spent years walking the woodlands to observe the poetry of clouds and winds; to cheer the dance of gnats and moths, to listen intently to the musical compositions of wrens and ravens.
       An Almanac of two different woodlands, one in the Scottish west Highlands and one on Finland’s Baltic coast, it celebrates those woodlands and their human lives. With shipping and fishing reports of monks and witches landed, sea eagles and night walking, the voice of the stars and weather forecasts: the beauty and profundity of oakwoods are revealed in a shifting, precise prose.
        Rooted in place through habitation and close observation; an exploration of Sunart and Saari through its languages: Gaelic, Finnish, English, birdsong and world news; heaping language onto landscape and excavating what’s been before, An Oakwoods Almanac reinvents a classic form.
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Rupert M Loydell  The Return of the Man Who Has Everything

Published February 2015. Paperback, 110pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848614192 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

In The Return of the Man Who Has Everything, Rupert Loydell continues to explore post-confessional narrative in his poems, as he has previously done in Wildlife and the Smartarse anthology. The Man Who Has Everything is an unlikely anti-hero, adrift in a world of instant gratification, momentary experiences and instant answers, in contrast to the music, art, books and conversation he prefers. Melancholic, witty and sometimes absurd, these new poems offer stories and observations, asides and assumptions, as they try to clear a way through the chaos that surrounds us and make sense of contemporary life.

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Antonio Machado  Solitudes and Other Early Poems

Shearsman Classics series, Vol. 19. Translated by Michael Smith & Luis Ingelmo. Published January 2015. Paperback, 166pp, 9x6ins, £10.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848613911 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Antonio Machado is, without a doubt, the father of modern Spanish lyric poetry: a bridge that stretches between Bécquer, Rubén Darío and the generation of Jiménez, Lorca, Alberti, Guillén and Aleixandre. An early visit to Paris and an engagement with Symbolism, and its Spanish equivalent, modernism, in the shape of Rubén Darío, was to determine his course as a poet. Machado, however, unlike many of the French symbolists and perhaps because he was Spanish, never turned his back on common reality. Rather, reality and natural images were as sacred to him as mysterious cyphers, flickering shadows at the mouth of the Cave. He was a deeply humanitarian poet; he believed in human emotions and intuitions, and he was always opposed to the baroque in Spanish poetry because he saw it as cerebral or conceptual and therefore an inadequate means of receiving significance from the temporal flux in which human beings live.
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Aubrie Marrin  Incognitum

Published March 2015. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848613973 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“What pleasure, what an incredible joy, to enter into this stunning museum, this rich and mesmerizing collection. Marrin’s first book is a requiem, a gorgeous and strange diorama of beauty and sorrow. A true cabinet of curiosities, these poems usher in a seemingly endless list of what’s been lost: Marrin, along with her parade of ghosts of dead counters, explorers, and collectors, chronicles our demise. ‘Come into my diorama,’ Marrin whispers, ‘Everything’s life size. / Everything’s as it should be in the wild.’ Incognitum is an extended fever, an archive, a getting-it-all-down-before the world is gone.” —Cynthia Cruz

 
 
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John Milbank  The Dances of Albion

Published February 2015. Paperback, 92pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848613959 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Of this collection, the author says: “Since I come from all over the island of Britain, it is to me my locality in the world, as much as it is my nation. Of the perplexing variety of this region, I try to make sense. Throughout the island I experience landscapes that tend to evaporate, mingling with myths that loom into a persistent reality. The resulting psychogeographies are for me many, though also problematically linked and integrated. This poetic sequence is written in the hope of a true unity of Britain yet to come.”
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David Miller  Spiritual Letters (Series 6)

Published June 2015. Chapbook, 32pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848614550 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“The word ‘spiritual’ is, in this volume, ripped away from the New Age and returned to its sources in Kabbalah and early Christian (gnostic) writings. But it carries with it the world as we have it now. A heap of horrors, remnants, a sense of the feminine under assault, and the drive to love. Therefore the dimensions are multiple and unstable. To be human is to be a spiritual entity more aligned with nature than with culture, and therefore to rebel. I am happy to have and to hold this book.” —Fanny Howe, on Series 1-5 of Spiritual Letters
 
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Paschalis Nikolaou (ed.) 12 Greek Poems after Cavafy

Published June 2015. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 978184861449-9 [Download 'A Note on Translating 12 Greek Poems after Cavafy' here and 'Εκ του Ελληνικού' / 'From the Greek' here.]

Translated by Richard Berengarten & Paschalis Nikolaou

Throughout his adult life, C. P. Cavafy (1863-1933) rarely journeyed outside his native Alexandria, though he spent some of his childhood years in Liverpool and London. In the course of the 20th and 21st centuries, the reach of his poetry has been immense. It has been witnessed and addressed through a global wealth of versions, imitations and rewritings: those poems written ‘in the manner of Cavafy’, variously channelling his themes and style. Here, for the first time in English, is a selection of such work by poets writing in Cavafy’s own language, Greek. Together they embed the intimacy of shared culture, skilfully mirroring passions and preoccupations. This bilingual presentation includes voices familiar to English readers, such as those of George Seferis and Yannis Ritsos, alongside lesser known names – all of them, engaged in layered dialogues with Cavafy. The result is a lasting image of literary influence and reception, and ultimately, of poetry translated by poetry.
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Geoffrey O'Brien  In a Mist

Published March 2015. Paperback, 82pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848613607 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

In a Mist is Geoffrey O’Brien’s seventh collection of poems. It brings together scenes recovered from dream or experience, transmuted fragments of myth, passages retrieved from lost libraries and recollected conversations, the story lines of imaginary films, snapshots of lake and street corner and darkened construction site, the inventions of sleeplessness, transcriptions of chime tones and birdsong, and the memory of faces.

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Niamh O'Mahony  Essays on the Poetry of Trevor Joyce

Published January 2015. Paperback, 242pp, 9 x 6ins, £14.95 / $23
ISBN 9781848613393 [Download a PDF of the introduction to this book here.]

Essays on the Poetry of Trevor Joyce is the first collection of critical responses to an Irish poet whose writing consistently challenges received ideas of Irish poetry.
       The contributions that make up this collection span Joyce's writing career, from Sole Glum Trek (1967) to Rome's Wreck (2014), and are written by literary critics, poets, and publishers. These essays illuminate Joyce's poetry, aligning careful reading with insightful analysis to reveal Joyce as one of Ireland's most innovative and creative living poets. 
       Contributors to this volume include: Lucy Collins, Eric Falci, Fergal Gaynor, John Goodby, Fanny Howe, David Lloyd, Peter Manson, Niamh O'Mahony, Marthine Satris, Geoffrey Squires, Keith Tuma and Jeffrey Twitchell Waas.

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Toby Olson  The Other Woman — A Brief Memoir

Published April 2015. Paperback, 78pp, 8 x 5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848614277 [Download a PDF of the introduction to this book here.]

In 2014, Toby Olson's wife Miriam died at the age 80, and after nearly 50 years of marriage. She has suffered from Alzheimer's for some years before her death and Toby became her principal carer. This is a memoir of that period, a story of love and frustration, remembering and forgetting. Miriam is also The Other Woman of the title – a woman other than the one she once was. 

"With each seemingly tiny insignificant detail (his wife’s chant “little little little little little little”) Olson lets us in to the unfathomable reverberations of his feeling, and I will not soon forget the constellations he has unfolded." — Meredith Quartermain

 
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Sonia Overall  The Art of Walking

Published June 2015. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848614482 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Sonia Overall is a novelist, poet and lecturer based in Kent. The Art of Walking is a collection of responses to movement and place, reflecting the writer’s interest in the relationship between walking and creativity, self and setting.

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Fani Papageorgiou  Not So Ill with You and Me

Published May 2015. Paperback, 96pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848614383 [Download a PDF of the introduction to this book here.]

Fani Papageorgiou’s collection When You Said No, Did You Mean Never? (Shearsman, 2013) won the Hong Kong Poetry Prize and has since been published in Spanish translation by Bartleby Editores, Madrid. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in various magazines in the USA and the UK.
 
Comments on the author’s previous collection:
“The poems are intense but enigmatic, as if they were seared in with a damaged branding iron. […] Fani Papageorgiou’s disconcerting and magnetic first book… reminds us (and as Dionne Warwick once observed), a house is not a home; it’s always just a little unfamiliar, just slightly beyond our easy occupation. Which is precisely what draws us to the door, to the briefly lighted windows.”
—David Orr, New York Times Book Review
 
Sandeep Parmar  Eidolon

Published January 2015. Paperback, 72pp, 9x6ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848613928 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Partly a modern revision of the Helen myth, Eidolon meditates on the visible and invisible forces of Western civilisation from classical antiquity to present-day America. An Eidolon is an image, a ghost, a spectre, a scapegoat. It is a device, like deus ex machina, to deal with the problem of narrative, specifically Helen’s supposed deceit and infidelity. The Eidolon, as a device, is something beauteous and beguiling — as a thing, or as a preoccupation, it is the siren song to the poet who listens for silence. Who gives Helen her voice and what need unites it into a single, constant loathsome creature? Helen is as much the city of Troy as its famed plains and high walls. It might as well be Helen smouldering on the great pyre of defeat, even though she escapes unscathed in Homer’s Odyssey and is restored to her husband’s side by the eidolon’s unique guarantee of her chastity.

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Simon Perril  Beneath

Published October 2015. Paperback, 82pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848614406 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Beneath is subtitled a “nekyiad”, and thus is a kind of sequel to Simon Perril’s extraordinary last collection, Archilochus on the Moon (2013). A nekyia (ἡ νέκυια) in Ancient Greece was a rite in which ghosts were called forth and questioned as to the future. The nekyia has long figured in literature, dating back to Book 11—itself known as the Nekyia in the classical era—of the Odyssey.

 

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Peter Philpott  Ianthe Poems

Published May 2015. Paperback, 72pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848614178 [Download a PDF of the introduction to this book here.]

“Haunted by a phrase of Keston Sutherland’s, ‘The pressure to think and sing’, Peter Philpott’s lyrics on his granddaughter Ianthe read like the meditations of a slightly deranged but liberated Wordsworth, who has escaped onto the streets of the twenty-first century, not quite sure whether he is the grandfather or the grandchild. Full of grace and wonder, and a grasp of complex forms which have been chewed carefully before being spat out again, this is poetry of the highest order, proving without question that there are no ideas but in sings.” —Philip Terry
 
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Peter Riley  Due North

Published April 2015. Paperback, 102pp, 9.14 x 6.21ins, £9.95 / $18 
ISBN 9781848613942 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection, 2015.

Due North is a poem in twelve chapters concerned with human movement northwards or out in the quest for work, subsistence, settlement and gratification, and in danger of getting trapped in various enclosures, including thought-traps. The cast includes migrant workers, returning soldiers, children growing up,  and population movements such as the early 19th-century descent on the northern manufacturing districts from demographic disaster zones, with my awareness of my own ancestry among the displaced Irish of Manchester and West Yorkshire. Woven into this are various artistic, poetical, cultural and instinctive ventures to traverse cold and emptiness, limit and futility, in the hope of attaining the metaphor of lasting warmth. Its pattern is that of a long sequence of beginnings, some of which reach their conclusions, usually elsewhere in the text, some of which don’t. The textual mode is literal and lyrical, to posit the value of these two forces in sustaining hope. (Peter Riley)

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Peter Robinson  Buried Music

Published January 2015. Paperback, 96pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848613898 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Hearing Rilke quoted at the Co-op, an experience evoked in the title poem to Peter Robinson’s latest collection, Buried Music, the poet continues his work of discovering poetry in everyday, anywhere places. It is as if, as Roy Fisher intuited, ‘he carries a listening device, alert for the moments when the tectonic plates of mental experience slide quietly one beneath another to create paradoxes and complexities that call for poems to be made.’ Prompted by varieties of losses — health, hopes, friends or relatives — his listening unearths a rhythmic contour from such opening cracks in the terrain. Buried Music finds poetry in its absence, presence in the place of what’s missing. For those who have followed his trajectory, this new book offers a fresh opportunity to tune in to the work of what Poetry Review has called ‘a major English poet’, one according to The London Magazine, who is ‘writing at the height of his powers’ and producing, in the words of the selectors for the Poetry Book Society in 2012, ‘his finest work to date.’ For those new to his writing, this world is all before you.

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Mercedes Roffé  Floating Lanterns

Translated from Spanish by Anna Deeny
Published June 2015. Paperback, 104pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $18
 
ISBN9781848613720 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

In Floating Lanterns, her eighth poetry collection, Mercedes Roffé draws from creation myths, sacred texts, philosophy and poetry that meditates upon human nature and our propensity for evil. The book brings together Buddhism, Tibetan Yoga, the Judeo-Christian Bible, the Kabbalah, Plato’s Republic, T. S. Eliot, Beat poets, the oral traditions of Medieval Spain and Native North American cosmogonies. What binds these diverse materials is Roffé’s use of anaphora.

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Gillian Rose  Paradiso

Published November 2015. Paperback, 72pp, 8 x 5.25ins, £8.95 / $16 
ISBN9781848614345 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Shortly before her death, philosopher Gillian Rose began work on a new book—her Paradiso—thus fulfilling her promise at the end of Love’s Work to ‘stay in the fray, in the revel of ideas and risk’. Confident even only a week before her death that she could complete the work, all that remains are these fragments. In them, Rose combines the detached insight of one who is taking leave, or who has almost left, with a desire to participate in the joys of life until the last. Exceeding the injunction to ‘keep your mind in hell and despair not’, Paradiso sketches a movement through the hell and despair of terminal illness to an affirmation of the joys of companionship and memory. Paradiso contains some of Rose’s most serene and affirmatory writing, and in that light completes one of the most remarkable philosophical oeuvres of the late twentieth century.

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Linda Russo  Meaning to Go to the Origin in Some Way

Published March 2015. Paperback, 72pp, 9x6ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848613935 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The poems in Meaning to Go to the Origin in Some Way arise amidst those remnants, historical and everyday, that redefine what we know to be underfoot in the places we live. From the Rose Creek Preserve to Koppel Farm Community Garden to a backyard on Pioneer Hill – and in many spaces in between – these poems suggest that, as ecologically-attuned 21st century inhabitants, we need to not only understand the complex of relationships – as scientists help us do – but also to listen deeply for meanings at every level with a various awareness of what lives and thrives.

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John Seed  Smoke Rising – London 1940-41

Published September 2015. Paperback, 86pp, 8 x 8ins, £10.95 / $18.50
ISBN 9781848613935 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Smoke Rising is a documentary poem. Very much in the tradition of Charles  Reznikoff's Testimony, it utilises oral sources to capture the speech – and perhaps the experience — of those who suffered the London Blitz. However, its elective affinities are also to Walter Benjamin’s great unfinished Arcades Project: “to carry the principle of montage into history… to assemble large-scale constructions out of the smallest and most precisely cut components… to discover in the analysis of the small individual moment the crystal of the total event.”
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Robert Sheppard  History or Sleep — Selected Poems

Published October 2015. Paperback, 146pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18 
ISBN 9781848613980 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Robert Sheppard’s selection draws on every book of his poetry since Returns (1985) through to Words Out of Time (2015), and is designed to sample both the recurring and developing themes of his work and their restlessly changing forms. 

 

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Colin Simms  Hen Harrier Poems

Published April 2015. Paperback, 216pp, 9 x 6ins, £12.95 / $20 
ISBN 9781848614291 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Hen Harrier Poems is Colin Simms’ fifth collection with Shearsman, and his third devoted to poems on a specific species, following Otters and Martens (2004) and Gyrfalcon Poems (2007). Future plans include volume devoted to poems on merlins and on goshawks. Simms is a naturalist who has observed the harrier and its North American cousin, the marsh hawk, for decades; his poems fuse a rich Bunting-esque diction and sonority with a focused eye and imagination.

 

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Pete Smith  Bindings with Discords

Published February 2015. Paperback, 116pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848614116 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

A first full-length collection in the UK for Pete Smith, a Canadian poet born in Coventry but resident in Kamloops, BC, since 1974. In the UK and Canada he worked as a psychiatric nurse with intellectually challenged people in institutional and community settings. His poems, reviews and essays have been published widely in the UK, the USA and Canada.

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Luís Amorim de Sousa  In Spite of All — A Memoir of Alberto de Lacerda
Published October 2015. Paperback, 114pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848613638 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
In Spite of All is a memoir by a Portuguese poet, of another Portuguese poet: Alberto de Lacerda, an almost legendary figure in expatriate circles. Lacerda lived for many years in London, with sojourns also in Boston and in Austin, Texas, when lectureships took him away, but he always returned to his adopted city. A fine poet, Lacerda also had a talent for friendship, which is amply borne out by Luis Amorim de Sousa's touching memoir of his friend.
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Geoffrey Squires (ed./trans.)  My News for You: Irish Poetry 600-1200

Published November 2015. Paperback, 240pp, 9 x 6ins, £14.95 / $23  
ISBN 9781848614338 [Download a sample PDF from this book 
here.]

The poems translated here were, with one or two possible exceptions, written between the 7th and 12th centuries AD, making them the oldest vernacular poetry in Europe. Latin, which arrived with Christianity in the 5th century and brought a script, was the only other language in play, although there are occasional loanwords from Norse and other tongues.
     Scholars can roughly assign the poems to centuries, on the basis of changes in syntax and word forms, but many that were written earlier exist only in later manuscripts. Dating is thus hazardous, and nor do we usually know the author. It is likely that one was written by a druid, six by women and rather more by professional bards; the remainder are probably by clerics or scribes.
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Will Stone  Glaciation

Published September 2015. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £8.95 / $16. [2nd Edition.]
ISBN 9781848614581 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Winner of the Glen Dimplex Poetry Award
 
‘Stone has a definite flair for the striking image and, taken one by one, his jarring visions of a profligate civilisation trapped in a fatally debased environment are rawly compelling.’
—Sarah Crown, The Guardian  

 

 
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Will Stone  Drawing in Ash

Published September 2015. Paperback, 240pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $18. [2nd Edition.]
ISBN 9781848614598 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

‘Will Stone is the lycanthrope of contemporary poetry, a haunter of the haunted, at loose in the European necropolis. He is drawn to the darker edge of genius, attuned to the shades of Kleist and Trakl, of Rodenbach and Verhaeren, and to the landscapes they have evolved in their image. Transfixed by moments of physical and mental dissolution, he is their elegist, and a true initiate in the noble science of melancholy.’ —Stephen Romer
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Donna Stonecipher  Model City

Published January 2015. Paperback, 94pp, 8x8ins, £10.95 / $18.50
ISBN 9781848613881 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Model City is built from a missing antecedent, an “it” as mysterious as it is familiar: What was it like? What was what like? One’s life? The city from which one fled? The city to which one did so? The last century? The one before that? The weaving in and out of traffic? Love? Candlelight from a curtained window or the dull, digital glow of a smart phone from the balcony below? Here, those old utopic dreams and social experiments collide with the age of excess information, leaving behind broken bits of experience: precise, exacting, aphoristic, arresting — the emotional residue of just how one deals with one’s tiny-cog-in-a-big-machine conundrum allowed to curdle into language as concerned with form and structure, with feats of architecture and engineering, as it is with real human relationships. This book is a marvel. — Noah Eli Gordon

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Harriet Tarlo  Poems 2004-2014

Published May 2015. Paperback, 140pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18 
ISBN 9781848613591 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

A follow-up to Harriet Tarlo’s 2004 collection, Poems 1994-2003, this volume is a major survey of the author’s more recent work.

“Harriet Tarlo is at the forefront of a group of poets who take writing about topography and nature seriously; she finds new ways to express in challenging and exciting language ideas and images that could be beyond language but aren’t, in her very safe and skilful hands.” —Ian McMillan

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Marina Tsvetaeva  Milestones

Published May 2015. Paperback, 120pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $18  
ISBN 9781848614161 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Translated from Russian by Christopher Whyte. 

Milestones (Vyorsty) is an early collection by Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941), published in Moscow in 1922, before she left the country for the West. The book celebrates­—among other things—her friendship with fellow-poet, Osip Mandelstam, and was her most innovative collection to that point, as well as an indication of the way her work would develop in her full maturity as a writer.

 

 

 
Virgil (translated by David Hadbawnik)  Aeneid, Books I-VI

Published September 2015. Paperback, 228pp, 9.21 x 6.14ins, £12.95 / $21
ISBN 9781848614284 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

With illustrations by Carrie Kaser.

David Hadbawnik’s astonishing modern translation of the Aeneid has been appearing in excerpts in a number of US publications, but this is the first time that a sizeable group of them has been bought together. This handsome volume presents Hadbawnik’s version of the first half of Virgil’s great national epic, with atmospheric illustrations from Carrie Kaser.

 

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Mark Weiss  As Luck Would Have It

Published March 2015. Paperback, 116pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848614130 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"This is a barefoot poetry, almost in the very oldest Asian sense of that phrase, a poetry of voice & body that recognizes that even body-language has accents, which surely it does. The eye is keen, the humor self-deprecating. Mark Weiss has reached that point on life’s mesa where forgiveness (to oneself as well as others) may well be the most important of gestures. A book to make you glad to be in the world." —Ron Silliman

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Yang Lian (editor)  A Massively Single Number — An Anthology

Published April 2015. Paperback, 218pp, 9x6ins, £12.95 / $20  
ISBN 9781848613768 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Translated from Chinese by Brian Holton

In 2012, Yang Lian and others started an online  poetry competition in China. They expected a good response, but were astounded to receive more than 85,000 entries, with unknown poets—earning their living as migrant workers—delivering up fine works in classical forms. This anthology offers some of the winning poems from the first two years of the competition, together with comments by the judges and essays by several of the people involved. 
 
The cover features a design by Ai Weiwei.
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Michael Zand  The Messier Objects
Published August 2015. Paperback, 108pp, A5 format, £9.95 / $17.
ISBN 9781848614567  [Download a sample PDF from this volume here.]
 
The Messier Objects are a catalogue of astronomical bodies discovered and published by Charles Messier in 1771. In this new collection of poems, Michael Zand re-frames these objects as totemic symbols that celebrate the creative and social diversity of the human experience. The Messier Objects are thus meditations on the colour and complexity of the universe, and a rejection of a perceived drift towards cultural polarisation, simplification and standardisation.
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