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George Economou: Ananios of Kleitor

Published 2009. Paperback, 144pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 978184860330 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Ananios of Kleitor introduces to the revolving stage of world literature the work of an ancient Greek poet largely unknown and hitherto unread outside of a small circle of cognoscenti. The poet's extant poems and fragments, as well as the record of their reception and preservation, are presented in this one-of-a-kind book of the sort that would have appealed to Menippus of Gadara and his followers, a medley of verse and prose and a diversity of genres, ranging from the epistolary novel to scholarly annotations and an Index Nominum. Ananios and his scholars and commentators perform their work at the edge of the real world and the margins of a thoroughly historicized and critically acute context.

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George Economou  Unfinished & Uncollected

Published 2015. Paperback, 102pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
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 Economou's own uncollected poems and translations, giving us a picture of 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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Theodore Enslin  To an Unknown Shore
Published June 2017. Paperback, 84pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615557 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
Theodore Enslin (1925–2011) is widely regarded as one of the most musical of American avant-garde poets. He was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. His father was a biblical scholar and his mother a Latin scholar. He studied musical composition at Cambridge, Mass. His teacher, Nadia Boulanger, was the first person to recognize his ability as a writer and encouraged him to pursue his interest in poetry. He said, "I like to be considered as a composer who happens to use words instead of notes." His first book, The Work Proposed, was published by Origin Press in 1958.
     Enslin moved to Maine in 1960 and lived in Washington County until his death, working at odd jobs and making and selling handmade walking sticks. The Maine landscape forms an integral part of his poetry, as does the isolation, both geographic and in terms of the distance from literary fashion and the academy that his life on the physical margin of the United States allowed. To an Unknown Shore contains his final poems.
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Ann M. Fine: A Nest This Size

Published 2009. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848610699 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Ann Fine's A Nest This Size is a journey embarked on via contradictory terms that occur when one attempts to explore the limitations of human (vs.) sentient abidance. Postmodern problems with things and places such as home, body, language, tradition, sleeve, machine/vehicle and rabbit hole become the relative metastructures through which these contradictions are channeled.

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Norman Finkelstein Track

Published 2012. Paperback, 310pp, 9x6ins, £14.95 / $23.00
ISBN 9781848612068 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Track is a book-length poem, originally released in the USA by Spuyten Divil in three volumes.

"Norman Finkelstein's Track undertakes a voyage beset by recombinatory duress. An excursis through realms where "the letters / arrive to be destroyed," this wickedly wise poem keeps on arriving long after it's done — a lingering trade or track of mind in mind, trouble in mind. It is a beautiful, beguiling book of unrest."  —Nathaniel Mackey

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Jennifer Firestone Flashes

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

Reflections on the individual and community flash in this urban web of buildings, technology and news bits, where the "city" looms and the inhabitants submit. Bits and pieces of Abu Ghraib, the Iraq war and 9/11 will be recognized, along with 24/7 newscasters and U.S. political figures welded together as one gigantic talking head. Paranoid neighbors, fashion rags and Walmart also take the stage. A menacing yet cartoonish shark probes the waters, a projected sign of the times. Yet within this hyper-reality a desire weaves, searching for a place in which to land, "Unpoured like animals from the ark we became friendly/like old days, we offered each other liquid/put away green bills, undid our jackets/clustered."

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Jennifer Firestone: Holiday

Published 2008. Paperback, 88pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781905700530 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

While ostensibly documenting a European vacation, Holiday interrogates historical narratives and artistic representations, examining patriarchal and nepotistic political and religious connections that are repackaged into the souvenir experience.  From stripped reportage to dream fragments, Holiday positions the "traveler" in a hyper-conscious lens that undermines conventional notions about the meaning of a holiday.  Beneath the careful recording of art, food, and guidebooks’ “most visited sites” are reverberations of war and power exposing the traveler's consumer culpability and the role of choice in demarcating and memorializing personal and historical trajectories.

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Edwin Frank  Snake Train. Poems 1984-2013

Published 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.
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Bill Freind (ed.) Scubadivers and Chrysanthemums — Essays on the Poetry of Araki Yasusada

Published 2012. Paperback, 339pp, 9x6ins, £14.95 / $23
ISBN 9781848611849 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Araki Yasusada, allegedly a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, had his work published posthumously and in translation in the mid-1990s. The work was widely praised and seemed to fuse traditional Japanese forms and themes with more innovative North American techniques and a sprinkling of French critical theory. However, Yasusada was an invention, and while no one claimed responsibility for the work, most readers agree that Kent Johnson was the creator, although Johnson insists the actual author is Tosa Motokiyu, the pseudonym for an unnamed writer who is now dead.

This book considers all aspects of the Yasusada phenomenon.

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Cameron Gearen  Some Perfect Year

Published 2016. Paperback, 90pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848614840 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Cameron Gearen’s first full-length collection of poetry, Some Perfect Year, opens with a poem entitled Invitation, and it’s one we should heed. “Come with stones and a selectively green car. / I’ve set aside a weekend for crying and sleeping,” the poem begins. Indeed, it would be a treat to spend a weekend or longer with this book. Crying might result as some of the subject matter is heavy, but Gearen leads us to a tentative redemption in the end: her final poem, called Aubade, mentions “the morning’s promise,” and foretells a more sanguine future. 

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Richard Georges  Make Us All Islands

Published February 2017. Paperback, 86pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615274 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, 2017.

"Singing ‘light into bleakness,’ in vivid poetic language that shakes us out of apathy, Georges’ harsh and lyrical hymns portray the painful beauty of the Virgin Islands and Caribbean archipelago. Searching wherever indelible traces of history may be found, in the undersea abyss of multiple shipwrecks, cholera coasts, accounts of disaster and cruel murder, hillside ruins, heaps of stones, and shifting sands, the poet brings us ancestral stories of the women of the slave ships, fishermen, migrant seasonal workers, cane cutters, cocolos, coal burners, domino players and family members who at great cost and risk have endured. If history divides us, these poems of the past and present, as strong as boiling bush and as honest as jumbie truths, have the power to revive, and, perhaps, even, connect us." —Loretta Collins Klobah

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Jim Goar The Dustbowl
Published 2014. Paperback, 86pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16

ISBN 9781848613218 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
The Dustbowl is a collection of serial poems that intertwine Arthurian legend and Dust Bowl Americana with fragmented memories of Arizona and California. The book's polyphonic voices conjoin perpetually questing knights and those journeying west into a single body. The Guardian's review of Dear World & Everyone In It complemented the anthology for its inclusion of pieces from this "expertly challenging" sequence.
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Anne Gorrick: Kyotologic

Published 2008. Paperback, 108pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848610040 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Anne Gorrick's first collection is a remarkable reworking of themes from the ancient Japanese Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon.

"A densely beautiful book, young poems growing out of old poems, vines round an ancient pine. Imagine language talking to itself, all skin and rain and blossoms, scattering like leaves, seeming to remember some other country some other time—yet always being vividly present like a strange food you've taken into your mouth that's too sweet—but after a moment, just barely sweet enough, as we get to like this world Gorrick has incarnated for us here, safe in our deepest feelings." (Robert Kelly)

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Anne Gorrick I-Formation I

Published 2010. Paperback, 88pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848611184 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"In this book, Anne Gorrick writes poems of heft and delicacy. Each is constructed as a musical thinking through of an idea, as she builds a poem through deft and fluid repetition and musical ways of speaking. Even though these poems exist here only on the page, her voice, unique and personal, is present in each, and it guides us through her surreal landscapes of concrete abstraction with gentle tenacity and a rich and vivid vocabulary. Everything exists, in her poems, as a thought, as a vision, as a sound through space, and all at once. What a poem must do to justify its existence is to surprise us with its necessary inevitability, which is what these poems do piece by piece, one by one, and together." —Geof Huth

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Anne Gorrick I-Formation (Book 2)

Published 2012. Paperback, 150pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848612372 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

I-Formation in its entirety is comprised of four separate groups of poems, that when ordered in a particular way, tell a Genesis story. The first book (2010) begins in a garden and ends with an incarnation of Eve meeting her coeval. The break between books expresses a break in the story.  Something has happened.  Something perhaps as simple as eating an apple. The second book addresses the things we are left with once we are thrown out of the garden: co-identity and depiction, the self and landscape. The first section of the second book is a collection of poems based on anagrams of people’s names, and forms a relationship map of this poet’s life. The final section is comprised of poems based largely on the Hudson Valley landscape, a world exterior to and surrounding the garden.

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Carol Guess My Father in Water

Published 2011. Paperback, 90pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848611856 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"My father hovers in the aperture of a glistening window, suicide botched by his mother's ghost. Numbers from his slide rule pause on the sill, fallen by chance into a brilliant formula."

This interlinked collection of lyric essays documents Carol Guess's relationship to her father, a brilliant scientist whose intensity and eccentricity shaped family life in humorous and often lonely ways. In musical prose, writing as a poet, teacher, and queer activist, Guess describes a life lived in service to language. At once accessible and enigmatic, funny and somber, My Father In Water is a haunting examination of the impact of family history on one artist's journey.

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Anthony Hawley: Forget Reading

Published 2008. Paperback, 100pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781905700707 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

In Forget Reading, Anthony Hawley's second collection for Shearsman Books, poems speak up despite themselves, and in doing so they affirm poetry's slight, subterranean power inside a culture of overwhelming and decadent ugliness. Due to the very odds stacked against them, these beautifully moving poems enact a radical little protest, unheeded by the majority rule.

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Anthony Hawley: The Concerto Form

Published 2006. Paperback 8.5x5.5ins, 92pp. £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9780907562849 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Born in 1977, Anthony Hawley grew up in New England and was educated at Columbia University. He is the author of the chapbooks Afield (Ugly Duckling Presse) and Vocative (Phylum Press), and his poems have appeared in various publications including Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, The Paris Review, 26, and Volt. He currently lives in Nebraska with his wife and daughter and is on the faculty of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Concerto Form is his first full-length collection.

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Michael Heller Beckmann Variations & other poems

Published 2010. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848610873 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Ekphrasis, that ancient mode found in Homer's description of Achilles's shield or Keats' Grecian Urn, is here transformed in Michael Heller's meditations in poetry and prose on work by the painter Max Beckmann. Heller navigates, sometimes with Yeats as his Virgil, through a gallery of Beckmann's pictures, seeing them as uniquely bringing home contemporary civilization's catastrophic impulses ("as if days were not for sanity"), impulses at once horrific and unsettling yet strangely beautiful and restorative.

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Michael Heller Speaking the Estranged: Essays on the Poetry of George Oppen

Published 2012. Paperback, 176pp, 9x6ins, £12.95 / $20. Expanded 2nd Edition.
ISBN 9781848612082 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

These essays cover the range of Oppen's poetry and the ways it has been read at all stages of his career, from his overtly Objectivist roots through his abandonment of poetry for political activism in the thirties, to his renewed poetic output after the 1950s. The volume is a revised and expanded edition of the 2008 publication.

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Michael Heller Uncertain Poetries — Selected Essays

Published 2012. Paperback, 256pp, 9x6ins, £14.95 / $23. 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781848612082 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

These essays concern the uncertain nature of twentieth century poetry. Dealing with such major figures as Pound, Stevens, Moore, Oppen, Duncan, Niedecker, Lorca, Rilke and Mallarmé and of poets in more contemporary modernist and post-modernist lineages, they examine how these poets articulate, virtually in the same breath, both affirmation and doubt concerning poetry, history and knowledge.

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Janet Holmes: The ms of m y kin

Published 2009. Paperback, 180pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9781848610354 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

If you write out "The Poems of Emily Dickinson" and erase some of the letters very neatly and precisely, you can get to The ms of m y kin — the manuscript of my kin, as it were; the manuscript of my family. It might also be said to be the manuscript of my kind. (Janet Holmes)

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Brandi Homan: Hard Reds

Published 2008. Paperback, 84pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781905700813 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

A first collection for Chicago-based poet and small-press publisher, Brandi Homan.

"Like the stream of cut-paper hearts in her Valentine Factory, Brandi Homan's poems are connected 'at the blade's edge,' are all 'hard reds'—an intelligent and imaginative woman coming to terms with desire. This collection is an exciting 'kick-start' for her electric voice." — David Trinidad

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Brandi Homan Bobcat Country

Published 2010. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848610859 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"Brandi Homan's Bobcat Country is the unholy love child of Lynda Barry and Ween. Fabulously honest, surprising, and hilarious, these poems are a TGIFriday's extravaganza of retarded American enthusiasm, deftly rendered. Homan loves the "Fuck yeaaaah!"s our culture hoots just before it drives its rental car off a cliff. Her details are so spot on, their mere presence relieves us of the need for contrived, 'poetic' resolutions. That's what makes the poems true—there are no easy answers in them. They make me proud to be a woman ......" —Jennifer L. Knox

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Judith Infante: Love: A Suspect Form — Heloise and Abelard

Published 2008. Paperback, 124pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781905700820 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Heloise and Abelard—Since the 12th century writers, artists, and musicians have been inspired by the details of their story—famous philosopher and his pupil, forbidden love affair, abandoned son, castration, monastic life, and heresy trials.
     In this remarkable collection Judith Infante gives us a series of poems that form a verse novel about the medieval lovers. The poems make clear how bound was their relationship to its period, yet capture the intensity of their timeless and conflicting emotions.
     Heloise and Abelard became different people as their story moved from romance to life apart and finally to their individual deaths and the mysterious change that implies. By interweaving Ovid’s myth of Atalanta with the story of Heloise and Abelard, Love: A Suspect Form calls attention to the many and often disorienting aspects we present to each other.

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Kent Johnson: Homage to the Last Avant-Garde

Published 2008. Paperback, 120pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781905700950 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Homage contains a wide variety of poems and prose, representing all strands of Johnson's work: versions from the Greek, traduced to an extraordinary degree; anti-war poems, overflowing with rage; stink-bombs tossed in the direction of some famous poets, mostly meant in an ironic, joshing way. But not all. And then there are memoir poems of persons met and places visited, that may well be documentary in nature, or may also be artfully disguised. Memory is, after all, an awkward thing, and not to be trusted, just as politicians and their henchmen are not and there is no irony in their treatment in this book. No, sir, none at all.

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Cralan Kelder Give Some Word

Published 2010. Paperback, 96pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848611443 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

A is for Accessible. Give Some Word is a somewhat irreverent book of poems. Cralan Kelder believes that people who read poetry should be delighted, not confused. Poems are not  riddles. The poetry in Give Some Word is no exception; equal parts distilled language, contrary, and pushing everyday language out of conformity. Humor lurks just below the surface in many these shorter, condensed poems.

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Nancy Kuhl: The Wife of the Left Hand

Published 2007. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16.
ISBN 9781905700066 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

In her first full-length collection of poems, The Wife of the Left Hand, the poet Nancy Kuhl explores the lyric possibilities found within the sometimes narrow space of the domestic interior, caught between the quotidian and the uncanny. In language that is by turns sensual and spare, elegant and oneiric, the images and music of this collection reveal and recast the daily ambiguities of living with others, "the fragile arrangement all blue / at the seams," and the uncertain line between the hidden and the apparent, like a "house / with its unswerving spine exposed."

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Nancy Kuhl Suspend

Published 2010. Paperback, 96pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848610866 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"Taking place within a lunar month, and likewise, within a menstrual cycle, Suspend is deeply concerned with pregnancy, sexual desire, self and self-doubled and doubling. In this collection of poems, fragments, prose, askew children's verse, and insomniac's jottings, Kuhl privileges the difficult inquiry of the whole book over the jewel-like quality of her 'finished verse'. The work often feels manic, written down as quickly as the unconscious gives its fragments of memories connected to an insomniac's roving/raving mind; then, in extraordinary counterpoint, the poems assemble the urgent fractures of the diary-like notes into verse of remarkable formal beauty and integrity." —Dan Beachy-Quick

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Nancy Kuhl  Pine to Sound

Published 2015. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $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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Maryrose Larkin The Name of This Intersection is Frost

Published 2010. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848611177 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Monochromatic kaleidoscope of winter. Limited components revolving, generating a shifting mosaic that replicates the passage of the winter days themselves. A modeling of time, its observable passage through the observations of weather, interior and exterior. Seasons, shifting in microns, are the recurring vocabulary of time itself. This limited vocabulary, the vocabulary of nearly identical instants, forms the center of time's concealed circularity. To make this available in language requires a particular patience of attention. There are few elements on the face of the traditional watch — the action is circular and repetitive. The elements of late winter — what we can perceive — do perceive — arrive, if closely observed, on a sparsely adorned cylinder. There is a mathematics to the passage of time — a sense of odds — percentages — chances — intrinsic in time's forward motion. Yet, how can this strange, wondrous circularity be expressed on the page — where word must follow word — the project of the poem may be to arrange a paradox we live beside in such a way that we can enter it, inhabit it, view it intentionally, from the inside.

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Mary Leader Beyond the Fire

Published 2010. Paperback, 88pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848611221 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The work in Mary Leader's third collection, Beyond the Fire, does not conform to any one habitation, nor aesthetic persuasion, nor name. On the contrary, just about every poem invents its own territory and its own terms. Some poems are straightforward narratives, while others repeat spells and castings. Many are figural; some are classical; some even aspire to anonymity. The book is designed to range the globe and fathom the centuries, albeit, in the end, the poet's settlement is but a momentary locality.

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Anna Leahy  Aperture
Published January 2017. Paperback, 88pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615168 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

As the title suggests, Aperture opens gaps through which to see and hear the lives of imagined and actual women. This collection becomes a stage on which these women perform, and the poems play with notions of staging, with how we present ourselves and how we are perceived and represented by others. The stories and voices in Aperture “bend and come back again,” telling the truth slant.
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Karin Lessing Collected Poems

Published 2010. Paperback, 210pp, 9x6ins, £12.95 / $22
ISBN 9781848611313 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Karin Lessing — born in Germany, raised in the USA, and resident for decades in France — is one of those poets who exist outside the tides of literary fashion, and indeed beyond the ken of most readers, although she has a devoted band of supporters, among whom your editor at Shearsman Books must be counted. Her last two collections were published here, and this survey of her entire writing career, which brings together all of her books, together with a number of uncollected poems, is vital to reaching an understanding of her work.

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Karin Lessing: The Winter Dream Journals

Published 1991. A5 Paperback, 40pp. £5.00 / $9.95.
ISBN 9780907562801

The second full-length collection by this woefully under-recognised expatriate American poet, following on from her early Montemora collection, The Fountain (1982).

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Karin Lessing: In the Aviary of Voices

Published 2001. A5 Paperback, 62pp. £ 6.50 / $9.
ISBN 9780907562313

In the Aviary of Voices is Karen Lessing's third full-length collection, and her first for ten years.

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erica lewis murmur in the inventory

Published 2013. Paperback, 96pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848612389 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"murmur in the inventory haunts and sweeps the reader up to move its half told lessons along. Erica Lewis's lines are deftly derailed and as quickly reattached. Each word can be taken as a single beat or allowed to fuse into pure separate lines of music (allowing for escape). "We live in a place of corridors/ it is true and not real and you turn the corner." I feel this inventory as a petrified forest of high tension, rapture and incision, a trifecta that activates all physical endings. The line is cut sometimes mid-way in order to answer back immediately, truly a poetics of the exposed nerve. A gorgeous and arresting book." —Cedar Sigo

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