British Titles: Authors D to G

A - C | D - G |  H - L | M - R | S - Z

Ian Davidson  At a Stretch

Published 2004. Paperback, 9x6ins, 109pp, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9780907562443

The author's second full-scale collection, following a series of fine chapbooks, and his largest collection so far. Ian Davidson is one of the most exciting and innovative English-language poets currently writing in Wales, and his radical engagement with landscape in these poems offers new ways of using and approaching landscape within the context of a poem.

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Ian Davidson  As if Only

Published 2007. Paperback, 9x6ins, 84pp, £9.95
ISBN 9781905700080 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The author's second Shearsman collection, following his successful first large collection, At a Stretch (2004). The author says of this book: "These poems were written in Bangor, in north Wales, in Barcelona, in London, on the Baltic coast and in Fez and Marrakech. Despite the distances involved they are the result of a period of introspection and self-possession. Travel doesn't necessarily broaden the mind. In some cases only the long lines would do, and the language had to be chewed over, while in others, when the town was quiet and the blood had stopped pounding in my head, I could clip the tone and measure out the words a few at a time."

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Ian Davidson  Partly in Riga and Other Poems

Published 2010. Paperback, 108pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848611306 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Partly in Riga and other poems is a book in five sections, covering themes of birth (the arrival of a new son), travel in Latvia, in Greece and in Wales, contemporary politics, and the endless of vagaries and mysteries of people. "I like people, though they disturb me sometimes." (Ian Davidson, from the Foreword)

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Ian Davidson  On the Way to Work

Published June 2017. Paperback, 32pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848615632 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

These poems were written on the way to work, walking the two and a half miles from near Saltwell Park in Gateshead to Northumbria University in Newcastle. The journey took me through Gateshead’s residential streets, its town centre and over the Tyne, often by the High Level Bridge. I’d try to write something in my head every day before I got to work, while still free of the numbing rush of its demands. Sometimes a whole poem would appear, at other times one or two words or lines would shift and repeat through seemingly endless variations, refusing to settle.
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Patricia Debney  Littoral

Published 2013. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848612938 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

A year after her young son's diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes, Patricia Debney spent six weeks writing in a beach hut on the North Kent coast. From the often bleak, always shifting winds and seas, prose poems of loss and love emerged.

"Memorable and moving without excess or strain, Debney's prose poems are brilliant in themselves and important contributions to the genre. The prose is unfussy, confident while subtle; the command of rhythm and use of imagery, expertly crafted. A refreshing and original collection." — Jane Monson

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Patricia Debney  Gestation

Published 2014. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613669 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Patricia Debney’s first collection of prose poems, How to Be a Dragonfly (Smith Doorstop Books, 2005), was the overall winner of the 2004 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition. A novel, Losing You (bluechrome) appeared in 2007. Her second collection of prose poems, Littoral, was published by Shearsman Books in 2013. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Kent.
 
Exploring fragmentation, delusion and parental ageing, the long poem Gestation forms part of her next collection, Baby.
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Peter Dent  Handmade Equations

Published 2005. Paperback 8.5x5.5ins, 100pp, £9.95
ISBN 9780907562658 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

A collection of over eighty poems written since the beginning of the new century, this book showcases Peter Dent's remarkable investigations into the possibilities of the modern lyric and the possibilities of language.

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Peter Dent  Tripping Daylight

Published 2012. Paperback, 112pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95
ISBN 9781848612341 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

One might be looking at a game of consequences with serially switched pronouns … or a stranger-than-life biography where missed moves and alternatives compete with the actualité for attention. Nothing here, however, is blessed by what is commonly understood as 'finality', realised or imagined. Tripping Daylight, Peter Dent's latest collection, finds its unlikely protagonist connecting (or attempting to connect) the experiences of a 'life lived' with a welter of convenient 'truths'—known or suspected—and which may be seen as arguable every step of the way. Shared words and wisdom, occasioned by this singular work, allow both for the making of an expansive public field and the leaving of private tracks.

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Mark Dickinson  Tender Geometries

Published 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." (Peter Larkin)

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John Donne  Poems (1633)

Shearsman Classics series, No. 21. 
Published 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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Nikolai Duffy  Relative Strangeness: Reading Rosmarie Waldrop

Published 2013. Paperback, 190pp, 9x6ins, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9781848612778 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"A sequence of fragments seems the most appropriate form for a work of this kind, introductory, surveying, essentially personal, marked, as with all things, by my own reading and preoccupations. 'Maybe,' Waldrop writes, 'the essence of the fragment is that it cuts out explanation, an essential act of poetry.' It constitutes, Waldrop continues, a 'lessening of distinctness, of "identity."' I do not claim to be comprehensive. Nor do I mean to speak for Waldrop or her work but simply to speak about some of its aspects, its various senses of poetics, the shifting relationships between theory and practice, to draw out a number of examples and to trace certain lines of thinking, ways of thinking." —Nikolai Duffy

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Andrew Duncan  Switching and Main Exchange

Published 2000. A5 Paperback, 62pp, £6.50 / $9
ISBN 9780907562276

This collection consists of the second half of the author's Threads of Iron manuscript, subject of much discussion since its partial appearance in magazines in the early 1980s. The first half of Threads was collected in 1990 as Cut Memories and False Commands (Reality Studios, London).

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Andrew Duncan: Pauper Estate

Published 2000. A5 Paperback, 52pp, £6.00 / $8.50
ISBN 9780907562283

A collection of the author's poems dating from the late 1990s.

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Andrew Duncan  Savage Survivals amid modern suavity

Published 2006. 8.5x5.5ins, 116pp, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781905700035 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Here are arcane mysteries, here are forgotten histories; here are assorted arcana and incunabula; and here there is a transposition of a Chinese classic to contemporary Glasgow, filtered through the mesh of a Chinese martial-arts movie. And what connects aerial photography, growing up in the Turkic lands, and sound-poetry (the difficulties of)?—Andrew Duncan's imagination, which ranges far and wide, but always brings back news of interesting climes, and landhaps even the poets' heads do grow beneath their shoulders.

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Andrew Duncan  Threads of Iron

Published 2013. Paperback, 160pp, 9x6ins, £10.95 / $18.50
ISBN 9781848612891 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Threads of Iron is Duncan's lost debut volume: not because it was never published, but because it never appeared as intended. Instead, the original was split into two and was published in two parts by Reality Street (in 1991) and by Shearsman Books (in 2000). A further part of the manuscript was cut and became Sound Surface (see In Five Eyes, below).

"Threads of Iron may have been the great unpublished book of the 80s, the recipient of more agonized and extensive debate than many published collections of poetry. [...] these poems invoke the most massive tragedies of the 20th century not merely to deconstruct the rhetorics of power, but to rouse what Wyndham Lewis called the 'the noble pessimism of the speculative mind' into a new political practice and a reformed subjectivity. Duncan's is a poetry of laudable ambition and sometimes extraordinary achievement." —Geoffrey Ward, PN Review

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Andrew Duncan  In Five Eyes

Published 2013. Paperback, 124pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848612723 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

In Five Eyes recovers two almost-lost collections of poems — Sound Surface & Sur-veillance and Compliance — published some 20 and 10 years ago, respectively, but which were written in the 1980s and early 1990s. Published originally in fugitive editions, these two collections fill out the picture of Duncan's earlier work.

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Andrew Duncan  The Council of Heresy —A primer of poetry in a balkanised terrain

Published 2009. Paperback, 312pp, 9x6ins, £14.95 / $27
ISBN 9781848610071 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Andrew Duncan's latest study of contemporary British poetry offers studies of some thirteen poets, together with a number of general essays giving an overview of events and trends in British poetry over the past thirty to forty years. Some of the names will surprise, others will be expected. The juxtapositions of ideas, and of names, will disturb those who are more comfortable with trench warfare than with dialogue, and Duncan's startling aperçus will leave even the most well-read student of poetry wondering.

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Andrew Duncan  The Long 1950s

Published 2012. Paperback, 312pp, 9x6ins, £14.95 / $23
ISBN 9781848611375 [Download a PDF containing the introduction to this book here.]

"The story of poetry since 1960 is largely of people rebelling against what was there in the 1950s. But another story is about poets who didn't revolt against that, but went on with it—developing it organically. The present work deals with a complex of issues, but started with the double twist, that two 50s poets, Logue and Hill, have dominated the artistic scene over the last ten years (or, say, 1996 to 2006) and that the death of the main '50s style has liberated the official English poetry, with the decease of certain inhibitions which were glued together and brewed up to weapons grade quality back in the 1950s." —Andrew Duncan

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Andrew Duncan   A Poetry Boom 1990-2010

Published 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 also volumes from Salt and from Liverpool University Press, two of which are republished here in revsied form in 2016 (see below)—and as idiosyncratic and as fascinating as the previous volumes. This volumes 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 secne, 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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Andrew Duncan  The Failure of Conservatism in Modern British Poetry

Published 2016. Paperback, 364pp, 9 x 6ins, £16.95 / $25
ISBN 9781848614987 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Failure starts from the key misrepresentation of orthodox poetry criticism, that the conservative is also the new, and sets out to define the whole British complex of refusing to innovate. In the attempt to set up publicly accountable criteria for what counts as new, the book goes through the whole period from the 1950s to the mid-1990s, identifying what the stylistic innovations were at each point. 
     

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Andrew Duncan  Centre and Periphery in Modern British Poetry

Published 2016. Paperback, 328pp, 9 x 6ins, £14.95 / $23
ISBN 9781848614994 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Does what is true depend on where you are? or, can we speak of a British culture which varies gradually over the 600 miles from one end of the island to the other, with currents gradually mutating and turning into their opposites as they cross such a distance? The unbalanced local energies which gave birth to the central horror of possessive individualism, the Empire, and the State as war-machine, do not sound their triumphalist self-praises without conjuring up a reaction in favour of collective values, pacifism, equity, and the languages of the periphery. Poetry has to offer more than the illusion of being in the few rooms where a metropolitan elite solemnly engages in the circularity of authentication. A polemic tour of Scotland, Wales, and the North of England exposes the possibility that the finest poets of the last 50 years have lived in the outlands, not networking and neglecting to acquire linguistic signs of status. We contemplate the sublime through the works of Sorley Maclean, Glyn Jones, Colin Simms, and Michael Haslam. But a second look at poetry in the South jettisons the shallow  tricks favoured by High Street cultural managers to reveal a hidden stratum of intellectually sophisticated poets, even in Babylon. 

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Ken Edwards  a book with no name

Published 2016. Paperback, 92pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615007.  [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

It is not a book of poems.
It is not a long poem.
It is not a novel.
Nor a volume of short stories.
It is not a work of philosophy.
It is not an object – like a stone.
Yet it drops into the well of nothingness 
and is never heard of again.
 
a book with no name
fuses the optimism of Beckett with the hyperrealism of Stein.
 
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Ken Edwards  Songbook

Published 2009. Paperback, 116pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848610675 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

This book, spanning two decades of work, contains songs that have never been and never will be sung; anti-lyric and narrative poems for which a musical equivalent has been constructed; and text written specifically for musical purposes. The volume is completed with scores composed by Elaine Edwards of settings of three poems from Ken Edwards' earlier book eight + six.

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Ken Edwards  No Public Language – Selected Poems 1975-1995

Published 2006. 8.5x5.5ins, 184pp, £10.95 / $18.50
ISBN 9781905700011 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The author says of this Selected: "This volume contains what I think of as the essential matter in my verse composition over two decades. I tend to compose in books, and didn’t want to disturb the integrity of my favourites: therefore Drumming & PoemsIntensive Care and 3600 Weekends are included in their entirety, as are the shorter sequences 'A4 Portrait' and 'A4 Landscape'. Erik Satie loved children, an early pamphlet, is also included, as I still think it’s quite sweet, and besides it was the first showing of what later evolved into my preferred procedures: cutting and splicing, juxtaposition, language play, composition by rhythm."

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Carrie Etter  Divining for Starters

Published 2011. Paperback, 86pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848611504 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"Carrie Etter catches the drift and pushes it lightly into her courses. Lilting now, her courses swerve between the reaches of the American mid-West and the claggy ruts of England, and their erotics are those of skin and fold, of elegant runs and breaks. Carrie Etter's poems give the feel of pleasure; they take unpredictable turns. When all about would be stipulated, Divining for Starters points heedfully to the possible." (John Wilkinson)

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Carrie Etter (ed.)  Infinite Difference : Other Poetries by UK Women Poets

Published 2010. Paperback, 210pp, 9x6ins, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9781848610996 [Download a PDF of the introduction to this book here.]

An anthology of radical new women's poetry from the UK, featuring work by: Sascha Akhtar, Isobel Armstrong, Caroline Bergvall, Elisabeth Bletsoe, Anne Blonstein, Andrea Brady, Emily Critchley, Claire Crowther, Carrie Etter, Catherine Hales, Frances Kruk, Rachel Lehrman, Sophie Mayer, Marianne Morris, Wendy Mulford, Redell Olsen, Frances Presley, Anna Reckin, Carlyle Reedy, Denise Riley, Sophie Robinson, Lucy Sheerman, Zoë Skoulding, Harriet Tarlo, Carol Watts.

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Carrie Etter  Scar

Published 2016. Chapbook, 26pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848614871 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

In Scar, Carrie Etter compellingly explores the effects of climate change on her home state of Illinois. The language shifts and evolves painfully as the land and its inhabitants find themselves wracked by climatic and political forces beyond their control.
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Amy Evans  The Sea Quells

Published 2013. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613140 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The poems in this chapbook form an individual sequence. At the same time, they present a new and longer section of an ongoing series. The Sea Quells responds to and continues Collecting Shells, which was published in 2011 with Oystercatcher Press and is included, in excerpt form, in the anthologies Sea Pie (Shearsman) and Dear World and Everyone In It (Bloodaxe).

 

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Amy Evans   CONT.

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

A sequel to 2013's Sea Quells, CONT. continues Amy Evan's explorations of language and the infinte whiteness of the page.

 
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Amy Evans  The Report of the Iraq Enquiry — Poetic Summary

Published by ff Press and distributed by Shearsman Books, March 2017.
Paperback, A4 format, £14.95 / $23.
ISBN 9781848614437. 

 

This Poetic Summary of 145 pages is an abridged edition of a twelve-volume creative translation of The Report of the Iraq Inquiry. The text was published by ff Press in London in a limited edition of a quantity greater than 4 pints or 2.27 litres.

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Paul Evans  The Door of Taldir — Selected Poems

Edited by Robert Sheppard.

Published 2009. Paperback, 124pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848610255 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Paul Evans (1945–1991) was a significant member of the group of new radical poets that appeared in England in the late 1960s, but his work remains scattered through a number of small-press publications from 1970–1987 and is now entirely out of print. This Selected Poems redresses the situation and makes available a broad selection of Evans' work from throughout his career—a career that was cut tragically short by a climbing accident.

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Patricia Farrell  The Zechstein Sea

Published 2013. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848612631 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"Via encounters with the troubadour poet Guillaume of Poitiers, Friedrich Hölderlin and the contemporary goldsmith Jivan Astfalck, Farrell offers 'new solutions / new songs,' whilst 'provoking new lines of thought.' This challenging work might make us feel 'hardly more than poets and not who we really are' but who cares when 'tongue play makes sense like this'?"
—Scott Thurston

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Gerrie Fellows  The Body in Space
Published 2014. Paperback, 72pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848613430 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
This is a poetry of layers and echoes. Poems which bring together people and places—family relationships enacted through webs of intimacy or distance, the dead remembered in interleaved images of art and medicine.
 
      These are poems concerned with the living presence of place—and with what is written over it by maps and history, whether in the crash-site of a military aircraft in Argyll, in the personal histories of an elegy or in the eroded landscapes of the Scottish hills. Here the living move through time and weather, making and remaking their own language in the music and silences of the poems.
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Peter Finch  The Welsh Poems

Published 2006. 9x6ins, 148pp, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9780907562917 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The Welsh Poems might also be called 'Selected Experimental Poems' and highlights Finch's more unusual excursions into verbal and visual trickery. The book covers work written over a period of two decades and is the first such large-scale selection of his work.

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Alec Finlay  Be My Reader

Published 2012. Paperback, 86pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848611078 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Be My Reader is a trove of texts made and found by Finlay over the past two decades, touching on philosophy, landscape, dance, football, travel and technology. Affectionate, celebratory and vulnerable by turns, it includes such key texts as his popular homage to Robert Creeley 'I Know A Poem', the long poem-mapping of the Wittgenstein Hut in Norway, and poems which emerged from art projects for civic spaces and landscapes, all interspersed with pitch-perfect renderings of off-key phrases overheard and chanced upon. Formally adventurous and restlessly curious, Be My Reader is a unique confluence of contemporary experimental and generative forms together with the lyric voice.

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Alec Finlay & Ken Cockburn   the road north
Published 2014. Paperback, 136pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848613584 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
the road north is a word-map of Scotland, composed by Alec Finlay & Ken Cockburn as they travel through their homeland, guided by the Japanese poet Basho, whose Osu-no-Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Deep North) is one of the masterpieces of travel literature. Ken and Alec left Edo (Edinburgh) on May 16, 2010 — the very same date that basho and his companion Sora departed in 1689 — and on their return, on May 16, 2011, they published 53 collaborative audio & visual poems describing the landscapes they had seen and the people they had met.
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Keri Finlayson  Rooms
Published 2009.Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848610347 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Keri Finlayson's first collection Rooms finds its centre in the etymology of the words camera, a chamber and stanza, a resting place. Both are forms of enclosure, of inclusion and exclusion that forge definition and force choices over the stories we want to be told and the stories we want to see. Rooms develops two intertwining narratives. In the first, the poet remembers and reimagines her grandmother as a young woman, and the family stories that surrounded her. Exploring the notions of editing and stitching, patterns and limits, it describes her seduction during the making of a silent film in Cornwall in 1919. The second concerns the history of film from the depiction of multiple movement in early cave painting, through the invention of the camera obscura, to The Jazz Singer; the first "talkie". What is a history of technology and a story of seduction and violence, is also a collection of stanza about camera, rooms about rooms.
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Allen Fisher  Marvels of Lambeth
Edited by Andrew Duncan
Published 2013. Paperback, 214pp, 9x6ins, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9781848612730 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Andrew Duncan says of this book:
"The first interview here with Allen Fisher dates from 1973. I took the decision to collect old interviews rather than make an all-new book. I am fascinated by the idea of a very long base line, records of one person's views over 30 years, change as part of the object recorded. Drawing on the creative input of Eric Mottram, Adrian Clarke, and Victoria Sheppard (among others) made the book more robust and embracing."
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Roy Fisher  Interviews through Time (2nd Edition)
Edited by Tony Frazer
Published 2013. Paperback, 144pp, 9x6ins, £10.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848612983 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Excerpts from several interviews conducted throughout the author's career and spliced together to form a coherent narrative of his development and his aesthetic. The book closes with two full-length interviews, conducted by Peter Robinson and John Kerrigan.
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Roy Fisher  An Easily Bewildered Child: Occasional Prose 1963-2013
Edited by Peter Robinson
Published 2014. Paperback, 198pp, 9x6ins, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9781848613003 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
An Easily Bewildered Child: Occasional Prose 1963-2013 brings together all his rare autobiographical sketches, the memoirs of his life as a jazz pianist, his tributes to musicians, writers, and painters of various kinds, a number of his book reviews, and comments on classic forebears such as John Cowper Powys, Ezra Pound, the Black Mountain poets, and Basil Bunting. All of these writings, as Fisher notes, ‘owe their origins to commissions, suggestions or various forms of pressure from friends’. 
 
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Veronica Forrest-Thomson  Collected Poems
Edited by Anthony Barnett, and co-published with Allardyce Book.
Published 2008. Paperback, 188pp, 9x6ins, £12.95 / $22
ISBN 9781905700806. [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
A revised Collected, bringing back into print an important body of work. This volume excludes the translations that were printed in the first posthumous gathering of the poet's work, but includes some extra poems and numerous revisions that have been discovered since that publication.
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Veronica Forrest-Thomson  Poetic Artifice
Published 2016. Paperback, 232pp, 9 x 6ins, £16.95.
[Not for sale outside the U.K. and Republic of Ireland]
ISBN 9781848614451 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Edited & introduced by Gareth Farmer
 
First published posthumously in 1978 by Manchester University Press, this volume turned sharply against critics of the previous generation, notably William Empson, and against emergent strains of historicism. The book is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) defence of “all the rhythmic, phonetic, verbal, and logical devices which make poetry different from prose.” According to the author, such devices are responsible for poetry’s most significant effect—not pleasure or ornament or some kind of special expressivity, but the production of “alternative imaginary orders.”
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SJ Fowler  The Guide to Being Bear Aware
Published 2017. Paperback, 90pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615380 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Through incisive, intricate, explorative poems, SJ Fowler offers an ambiguous but often starkly humorous viewpoint into the pre-occupations of contemporary being. From incisions into the political and moral factionalism which so often dominates our online existence, to the more sincere negotiations of our private lives, our bodies and our minds, in love and in death. Fundamentally a statement about the Anthropocene, The Guide to Being Bear Aware is doing the work poetry is meant to do, offering more questions than answers.
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Tony Frazer (ed.)  Poets of Devon & Cornwall, from Barclay to Coleridge
Shearsman Classics No. 1.
Published 2007, 8.5x5.5ins, 148pp, £9.95 / $17.
ISBN 9781905700509 
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Alexander Barclay, George Peele, John Ford, Humfrey Gifford, Richard Carew, Anne Dowriche, Sir Walter Ralegh, Sir Arthur Gorges, Joseph Hall, Robert Herrick, Sidney Godolphin, William Strode, William Browne, Thomas Spratt, Mary, Lady Chudleigh, Thomas D'Urfey, John Gay, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
        All of these are poets born in the two westernmost counties of England, or—like Hall and Herrick—poets who were active there. In time we stretch from the very beginning of the 16th century until the early 19th century. We begin with Barclay, a priest working in Ottery St. Mary, and we close with Coleridge, the son of a priest in Ottery St. Mary, his birthplace. 
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Hazel Frew  Seahorses
Published 2008. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95
ISBN 9781905700615 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Scottish poet Hazel Frew's first collection of poems offers tales of families, of growing up, and of the world around us, seen with uncommonly fresh eyes.
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Kit Fryatt  Rain Down Can
Published 2012. Chapbook, 34pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848612471 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
One of 5 chapbooks published in the summer of 2012, this is Kit Fryatt's first publication. Kit Fryatt divides her time between Ireland and Scotland and runs the Wurm im Apfel reading series in Dublin.
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Tamara Fulcher  The Recreation of Night
Published 2008. Paperback, 92pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95
ISBN 9781905700585 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
A first collection by Edinburgh-based Tamara Fulcher, winner of the 2006 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize.
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Damian Furniss  Chocolate Che
Published 2010. Paperback, 101pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848611061 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
The poems in Chocolate Che were written in Cuba in the fiftieth year of the revolution; in India working with dying destitutes and recovering from tuberculosis; travelling up and down the spine of the Americas and into the heart of Europe on the trail of soldiers, artists and monks.
          Damian Furniss works images into narratives that are both darkly humorous and strangely moving. Using forms as varied as their subjects, with characteristic verbal intensity and a probing wit, he returns to the fixations of his youth in wry but reflective maturity. Along the way, he encounters the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa; visits the houses of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, only to find no one's at home; and collects the stubs of cigars that might once have been smoked by Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, but probably weren't.
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Damian Furniss  The Best of All Possible Worlds
Published 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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Nancy Gaffield  Continental Drift
Published 2014. Paperback, 86pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848613294 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Continental Drift is a book about place, about the attachments and appropriations that shape our relationship with the land. Transcending the border of country and continent, these poems search out ways that language balances the demands of location. This is a poetry of shifting localities and the forces that make them. Continental Drift is Nancy Gaffield’s second collection. Tokaido Road, published in 2011, won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.
 
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Nancy Gaffield  Tokaido Road — A Journey with Hiroshige
Published 2014. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £5.00 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613782.
 
This is the libretto for Nicola LeFanu’s chamber opera Tokaido Road, which had its premiere in July 2014, and is based on Nancy Gaffield’s first collection of poems (CB editions, 2011).
 
In 1832 the young Hiroshige sets out on Japan’s great Eastern Sea Road, the Tokaido, linking Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. The paintings he creates along the way reveal the secrets of a hidden country. 
 
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John Goodby  Illennium
Published 2010. Paperback, 86pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848610941 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Set in 'South-Wets Wales', Illennium is a cut-up sonnet sequence which draws on recent theories about the social role of shame as it traces the trajectory of a single attachment within a tangled set of friendships. Mixing disease and end-of-era career discontents, its plotlines cohere and decompose around the blown down sign of the No Sign bar, a local watering-hole. There they intermingle with texts that range from Enid Blyton to Keats, Rimbaud to Dafydd ap Gwilym. But the more shameless the embarrassment of riches, the more the lyric itself comes to seem 'a form of shame management', its anticipated plenitudes thwarted by 'silences stubbed out' on an 'I for an I / in the very temples of delight'. Even so, for all its anxieties concerning the 'dork inability' of the poet, or of poetry itself, to resist the abjection that follows, Illennium's brazenness is golden too; again and again, it reveals the peach-succulent heart of a recklessly playful work which spares no blushes in celebrating the 'brilliantly pointless' energies of language.
 
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Giles Goodland  What the Things Sang
Published 2009. Paperback, 112pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848610545 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
If Johnson believed that objects held primacy over language, why did he compose his dictionary following the arbitrary rule of alphabetical order? If (to contradict Wiitgenstein) poems are engaged in the language-game of giving information, how should that information be arranged? If Blake had, when he heard ringing in the trees, picked up the phone, what information would the things have sung to him? If Heraclitus had not been struck with his own lightning, would he be less fragmented to us now? This sequence of poems presents a number of possible and less possible answers to these questions. But more questions arise on the way.
 
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Mark Goodwin  Else
Published 2008. Paperback, 108pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781905700974 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
A first collection for Leicestershire poet Mark Goodwin, and winner of an Eric Gregory Award in 1998.
 
"It’s thrilling to welcome a new poet into the company of our seriously exciting younger nature writers such as Kathleen Jamie and Robert Macfarlane . . . Mark Goodwin is a poet whose surround-senses are as alert as an animal’s, and whose writing is exceptionally grounded in so many of the complexities of being fully human." —Catherine Byron
 
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Mark Goodwin  Back of A Vast
Published 2010. Paperback, 90pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848611191 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
"These poems disclose a poet's rich relationship to the natural world by stripping away, by letting a raw objectivist lyric scrape off any rhetorical surface to discover the details beneath. This happens in almost every line, every phrase—so much so that finally his individual words seem to do it by themselves. The result is that /nature/ here ticks and clicks as though it were trying to find a halfway-house language between itself and the writer. Illusion of course, the trick of poetry, and Mark Goodwin is the magician." —Tim Allen
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Mark Goodwin  Layers of Un
Published 2012. Chapbook, 34pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848612488 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
One of 5 chapbooks published in the summer of 2012, this volume digs further into Mark Goodwin's explorations of landscape and language.
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Mark Goodwin  House At out
Published 2015. Paperback, 9x6ins, 118pp, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848614185 [Download a sample PDF from this volume 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
 
"'House At Out is an echo in a cave you've just discovered, a canopy that lets the light through, a fast river, ready to be waded. The language is full of pores, breathing spaces, places where you can catch your own thoughts or find the gaps where 'tiny homes within a home' exist and 'a shiny poem coils'." —Helen Mort
 
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Mark Goodwin  All Space Away and in
Published 2017. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848615632 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
All Space Away and In … is on mist-smudged snow just to our north or in a bulbous evolving sky or in a rhyolite bowl of wobbling Welsh syllables … Here Mark Goodwin becomes involved with animals & ground, as well as people … Poems as clunk-&-puff-of-dirt … creaturely elongation of speed … a fog-hollow of corrie … chalk-hooves flint-ringing … Attempts to free amazement and pin-point sharp where we are …
 
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Thomas Gray  The English Poems
Shearsman Classics No. 19.
Published 2014. Paperback, 152pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848613577 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Thomas Gray was the author of some of the most admired poems of the 18th century, the famous 'Elegy' among them, but his reputation continues to rest on a handful of masterpieces, while the rest of his work has faded from view. This book offers all of his poems in English — he wrote also in Latin and Greek — and his translations into English from Italian and Latin, together with a brief introduction and notes.
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Paul A Green  The Gestaltbunker: Sleected Poems 1965-2010
Published 2012. Paperback, 174pp, 9x6ins, £10.95 / $18.50
ISBN 9781848611931 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
The Gestaltbunker encapsulates the diversity of Paul A. Green's output during his long subterranean career. His engagement with nuclear apocalypse, global melt-down and the excesses of media landscaping is modulated through surreal inscapes and an intensifying torsion of language. He moves from mid-life grubbings in the basement of a psyche to marital praise-songs and celebrations. Yet the riddles of time and consciousness continue to pre-occupy him, whether encountered through magick, music or the mysteries of the city.
 
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David Greenslade  Lyrical Diagrams
Published May 2012. Paperback, 112pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848612198 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Diagrams are meant to be clear and precise, serious and informative. David Greenslade shows them to be none of those. In his eyes they become murky and ambiguous, playful and misleading, harbouring deep, discomforting mysteries. Read at your peril: you will never be able to view a diagram in the same way again.
— Donald Norman, Prof. Emeritus, Cognitive Studies, University of California, San Diego
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David H W Grubb  The Man Who Spoke to Owls
Published 2009. Paperback, 112pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848610477 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
This new collection brings together three elements central to the poetry and prose of David Grubb. There is the world of surreal identities, of wonders, disturbances, angels, fire sermons and celebrations where animals and people speak with both words and silences. There is the unfinished business of growing up in a strict religious household and seeking meanings beyond rituals and texts. In the third section of the book Albania, Bosnia and other locations create a world where nothing is certain, the past provides constant challenges and distant voices call. The darkness is broken by stars.
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David H W Grubb  Notes Relating to an Idea of Blue
Published June 2011. Paperback, 132pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848611825 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
In David Grubb's new collection collisions, wonders, ballyhoo and sudden light signal the way we walk a tightrope between the real and the imagined. Our human world encompasses clowns, angels, the dead, ghosts and saints, parrots and horses, the upsidedown and secret dancing, kazoo music and heart songs.
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Harry Guest  Comparisons & Conversions
Published 2009. Paperback 8.5 x 5.5ins, 88pp. £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848610194. Download a PDF sampler from this book here.
 
Comparisons considers the disparities between memory and expectation as well as the alteration in events separated by the gap of years — since, sometimes when we journey, we are "hoping by space to leave / the faults of time behind".
 
Conversions contains poetry translated since Versions appeared from Odyssey in 1999. Harry Guest regards the effort of translation as a vital complement to creative writing, providing not only a technical challenge but also the strange effect of inhabiting another's consciousness for a while.
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Christopher Gutkind  Inside to Outside
Published 2006. Paperback 9x6ins, 116pp, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9780907562955 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Through a variety of approaches Chris Gutkind shows a self exploring and working itself out across a range of preoccupations. It is a journey from inside to outside, from the more hermetic to the more expansive and from him to you, perhaps into you.
      Born in the Netherlands and raised mostly in Canada, Chris Gutkind has lived in London for many years, where he is a librarian at the School of Oriental and African Studies. This is his first collection of poetry.
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