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Lucy Hamilton  Of Heads and Hearts

Published January 2018. Paperback, 82pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615717 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“There is nobody writing prose poetry in any way close to Lucy Hamilton’s. Of Heads & Hearts is an intricate and rich collection that riffs on the interconnectedness of human relationship with the deft movements of a musical score. Here is a poet writing at the height of her talent using precise and controlled language to build toward a cumulative collage of characters, threads and associations all in conversation with one another. Of Heads & Hearts becomes more and more rewarding with each re-reading, most notably the utter ache at the heart of the ‘Requiem for the Engineer’ sequence.”
―Kaddy Benyon
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Ian Seed  New York Hotel

Published January 2018. Paperback, 92pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615724 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"The delight of Ian Seed’s brilliantly droll poems is that they are not entirely droll. They look and sound normal, like brief prose anecdotes told in a bar but the apparent normality is edged with disorientation, menace and anxiety. We slip over the edge in an instant and look to recover our balance but can’t quite. The world has gone, leaving behind a comical void. And that, we understand, is the nature of the world. The voice is controlled, in fact it’s perfect. It’s just that nothing else is." —George Szirtes

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Anna Reckin  Line to Curve

Published January 2018. Paperback, 76pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615809 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Line and curve evolve and collide in varied forms in Anna Reckin’s second collection. Paintings slip into landscapes, rooms slide into pattern, a Chinese jade cup is pool, blossom and branch; an orange tips into a knife, a space station makes a gash in the sky. These are poems that balance precision with fluidity. ‘Out there, where you are,’ Reckin points out, you may or may not be able to see the edges.
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Lila Matsumoto  Urn and Drum

Published January 2018. Paperback, 76pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615687 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"The world within Urn and Drum is a cornucopia of shapes, colours, and objects, fashioned almost as a gleeful, surreal picture-book; a playful naivety that leads to serious questions of what it means to exist and feel in the world. Through linguistic dexterity and play, [these poems] exclaim heartbreak and test the limits of language in a single line." —Rachael Allen
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Nathaniel Tarn & Janet Rodney  Alashka

The Shearsman Library 1
Published February 2018. 
Paperback, 180pp, 9 x 6ins, £10.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848615854 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Alashka is a lost book. It was first published as half of a very large, well-printed volume in 19798, spliced together with Tarn’s Selected Poems up until that point. The publisher was a new outfit in Boulder, Colorado, called Brillig Works and born in an eponymous bookstore. Distribution was poor, and fitful, and copies were notoriously hard to come by. This ensured that what was, in effect, Janet Rodney’s first collection, vanished from view. Also, a valuable expansion of tarn’s anthro-poetics, gained little or no attention, whether in Alaska or in the lower states. The book finally gets its own set of covers here, and a chance to find its own niche.
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Nathaniel Tarn  At the Western Gates

The Shearsman Library 2
Published February 2018. 
Paperback, 106pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615878 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

At the Western Gates was published in 1984 by the splendidly-named Tooth of Time Press in New Mexico, and contained five longish sequences that are central to Tarn’s work in the 1980s. In this new edition, a sixth sequence from the same period, 'Birdscapes with Seaside', has been added.

 

 
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