Shearsman Chapbooks

Seren Adams Small History

Published 2012. Chapbook, 34pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848612457 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

One of 5 chapbooks published in the summer of 2012, this is Seren Adams' first publication and concentrates on the small Somerset town of Radstock, and its history as a mining centre.

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Martin Anderson The Lower Reaches

Published 2013. Chapbook, 30pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613119 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The Lower Reaches is framed within precise geography, the Lower Hope region of the Thames estuary where the author was born and grew up beside a river on which "the dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empire" floated. Anderson lived for decades in the Far East. His meditation interrogates the formation of national identity and freights with poignant significance the old maxim that so much of British history happened overseas.

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Richard Berengarten Imagems 1

Published 2013. Chapbook, 32pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613126 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"In this courageous book, Richard Berengarten calls on us to recognize—to know again—the archaic responsibilities of the poet, heir of Orpheus, singer of the kosmos, heir of the shamans, healers of the soul. Berengarten's subject is glory, not the glory we associate with kings or prelates, but the glory of the poet, who, in the poem, briefly catches the fleeting, evanescent experience that is simultaneously an experience of fulfillment, of being filled with an awe that only the weavings of language can express. In working out the propositions that pertain to this experience of magnanimity, Berengarten demonstrates his own magnanimous nature, the one always so evident in his own poems." —Norman Finkelstein

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Andy Brown  Watersong

Published 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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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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Geraldine Clarkson  Declare

Published June 2016. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848615069 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice — 4th Quarter 2016
 
Geraldine Clarkson lives in the Midlands. She comes from a family of ten, and her poetry is influenced by her roots in the West of Ireland, and years which she spent in monastic life, including three years in the Peruvian desert. Since she began writing, she has been selected as an Arvon/Jerwood mentee, and has received commendations in the Arvon International and the UK National Poetry Competitions. In 2015, she won the Poetry London and Ambit competitions, and the Magma Editors’, Ver Poets and Anne Born Prizes. Declare is her first chapbook.
 
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Susan Connolly The Sun-Artist

Published 2013. Chapbook, 34pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613133 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The Sun-Artist is a collection of "pattern poems" by a poet who has been experimenting with visual texts—often with a uniquely Irish "subject matter"—for several years. Her last Shearsman collection, Forest Music, featured a number of such works, but this chapbook is entirely visual.

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Claire Crowther  Bare George

Published June 2016. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848614932 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The design of a coin is an act of succinct aggrandisement. Bare George explores the coinage of power through a far more famous numismatic image: created in 1817 for King George III and his son, the Prince Regent, by celebrity gem designer Benedetto Pistrucci, it pictures a saint, young St George, lancing a dragon. He is undressed. Any Greek warrior of artistic relevance to the nineteenth century would be. The dragon is submitting, as the opposition needs to be shown to do.

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Martyn Crucefix  The Turn We Take

Published June 2014. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613683 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Martyn Crucefix’s new poems vividly evoke the landscapes of northern England and—in a sequence of sonnets inspired by the writing of Rosalía de Castro—the north west of Spain. But more than place, they explore the ways in which we inhabit time—how we are harmed and healed by it, how we deny, ignore, sublimate, repeat or reprise it.
 
I’d want to say it was past seven o’clock
or perhaps by then even seven-fifteen—
 
I’m sure of it now—a quarter past the hour
was the time we turned and part of what it meant
     (‘The map house’)
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Patricia Debney  Gestation

Published June 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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Shira Dentz Leaf Weather

Published 2012. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.95 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848612273 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"Veering—often within a single poem, often within a single line—from self-lacerating anger to desperation, from mordant satire of the confessional mode to stunned (and stunning) autobiography, from irreverence to a state of fearful silence, Leaf Weather is a 'chapbook' in no diminutive sense of the term. In 'peeling/away the sun,' Shira Dentz unlooses equal parts verbal anxiety, formal adventure, and emotional reckoning. It's one thing to write poems; it's quite another to live, as Dentz does, in the marrow of one's words."
—Mark Levine

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Carrie Etter  Scar

Published June 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 June 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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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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Nancy Gaffield  Tokaido Road: A Journey after Hiroshige
Published 2014. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613782.
 
This is the libretto for Nicola LeFanu’s chamber opera Tokaido Road, which was premiered in the summer of 2014, and is based on Nancy Gaffield’s first collection of poems, published by CB editions.
 
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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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  All Space Away and In

Published June 2017. Paperback, 36pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848615632 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

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Peter Jaeger  Family Time

Published 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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juli Jana  ra-t

Published 2014. Chapbook, 32pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613676 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The figure of ra-t slithers through these pages like the Zelig of London Town—an ocular witness at every juncture of its history. His split name makes him a fractured and contradictory creature. Always recognizable he is also hesitant and obscure, not unlike this text which at every turn employs discontinuity and slippage as formal strategies whilst being as familiar as nursery rhyme. Ra-t is a survivor, but you won’t find him—he
is today and gone!      —Jeff Hilson
 
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Alice Kavounas Thin Ice

Published 2013. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613157 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Thin Ice takes the reader on an odyssey of the imagination, with poems whose sources range from a childhood in Maine, to New York City of the Vietnam era, to our paranoid post-9/11 world. There is a measure of relief in the quotidian pleasures of our beleaguered natural environment, whether from a terrace on a Greek island, or the poet's garden in Cornwall. Thin Ice follows Alice Kavounas' earlier collections, Ornament of Asia, and The Invited.

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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 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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Sonia Overall  The Art of Walking

Published 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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Lesley Saunders  Periplous — The Twelve Voyages of Pytheas

Published June 2016. Chapbook, 32pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848614871 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

A Greek merchant-explorer Pytheas – whose home port was the Greek colony of Massalia (Marseille) – is said to be the first person to have circumnavigated the British Isles, in 325 BCE, thereby fixing the islands in the historical imagination as archipelagic, maritime, aloof.  His own account of the voyage is lost. Lesley Saunder fills in the gaps.

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John Seed  Some Poems 2006-2013

Published 2014. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613737 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
Published by Gratton Street Irregulars; distributed by Shearsman Books.

John Seed is the author of eight collections of verse, including: Divided into One (Poetical Histories, 2003), New and Collected Poems and Pictures from Mayhew (both Shearsman, 2005), That Barrikins: Pictures from Mayhew II (Shearsman, 2007), and Manchester: August 16th & 17th 1819 (Intercapillary Editions, 2013).

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Tin Ujevic Twelve Poems

Translated from Croatian by Richard Berengarten and Dasa Maric
Published 2013. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613164 [Download a sample PDF from this book here (Translations only).]

Tin Ujevic (1891-1955) is regarded in his native Croatia with the same kind of popular affection and respect as Robert Burns in Scotland. His poems appeal to people of all ages and conditions. Under their deceptively simple surfaces lie deep linguistic sonorities and emotional resonances. Born in Dalmatia, Tin lived in Belgrade, Mostar, Sarejevo, Split, Zagreb and Paris. A natural Bohemian, he was always poor. Tin’s writings have hardly been translated into English. These versions not only render the meanings of the originals, but also respect their musicality and form. For the first time, they make one of the great lyric poets of the twentieth century available in English.

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Robert Vas Dias  Arrivals & Departures

Published 2014. Chapbook, 36pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848613652 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Robert Vas Dias, an Anglo-American born and now resident in London, has published ten collections in the UK and USA, the most recent of which are London Cityscape Sijo and other poems (Perdika, 2012), and Still · Life and Other Poems of Art and Artifice (Shearsman, 2010). This chapbook brings together a series of uncollected prose poems.

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Alan Wall Raven

Published 2012. Chapbook, 26pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848612464 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

One of 5 chapbooks published in the summer of 2012, this is a single long sequence of poems.

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Michael Zand The Wire & other poems

Published 2012. Chapbook, 30pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848612495 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

One of 5 chapbooks published in the summer of 2012, this shows the further development in Michael Zand's work since his debut volume, Lion (2010).

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