Emptpy Poems – Martin Wakefield

“Martin Wakefield’s ravishing sequence of ‘Emptpy Poems’ is elegant, spare and haunting. And haunted. The spectral traces of Apollinaire’s poems are still just visible beneath Wakefield’s enigmatic creation. There seems to be a strange attraction between the poems on the surface and the ghost poems beneath such that, in places, the surface poems shiver into italics to mirror the font change of the trace poems. Sometimes this becomes an ‘interference’ caused by the spectral poems, mysteriously pushing at words within the poems above, or pulling them into new spellings, compressions and splittings. This resonates powerfully with the operations of the mind itself and how it responds to the energies and interruptions of its memories, its subconscious, and its physical embodiment, as well as reflecting on the way all language is similarly shaped and inhabited by ghosts.”
— Susie Campbell

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Emptpy Poems
Martin Wakefield

Published December 2022
ISBN 978-1-915505-14-9
A6 Size
28 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 47
SLB0227
Price – £3.60
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Rouen – Wayne Sleeth

Old master of sleight-of-hand,
conjuring cathedrals
out of thin air

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Inspired directly by Monet’s sublime series of paintings of the façade of Rouen Cathedral, Sleeth has composed thirty new haiku on the subject to accompany a selection of his numerous paintings and ‘pola-paintings’ of ‘Notre Dame de Rouen’. This limited edition chapbook, published in an ongoing collaboration with Sampson Low, marks a chapter in a body of work which Sleeth will present to the public in a series of exhibitions starting in 2023…

Rouen
30 haiku and artworks
Wayne Sleeth
Published November 2022
ISBN 978-1-915505-13-2
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 46
SLB0226
Price – £2.80
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Anglo-french artist and writer Wayne Sleeth has since 2018 been painting, sketching, photographing (with a battery of polaroid cameras) and writing haiku about the Cathédrale de Rouen, an iconic presence since the Middle Ages, especially for Sleeth’s mentor in art—the impressionist Claude Monet.

Amniotic City – Lucy Furlong


A City awash with feeling, topography of the Goddess. History in the cracks, a glimpse of green between the earth and sky still exists through an open door, where X marks the spot for a conversation with Her. The River Fleet runs deep under the City of London, carrying the hopes and dreams of the workers scurrying across its surface, held in the belly of a sleeping female, waiting to be reborn.

11 years after its first publication, Lucy Furlong revisits Amniotic City in a series of new explorations, once again poking her nose in the nooks, passageways and liminal spaces therein. She discovers new terrain and new stories in this second edition of her poetry map.

Amniotic City – 2nd Edition
Lucy Furlong
Designed by Mel Hetherington
Published October 2022
ISBN 978-1-915505-12-5
Folded – 14cm x 10cm
Flat – A2 (2 sides)
Colour
SLB0225
Price – £12
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“ Furlong’s poems are recognisably sited; potential liturgies for re-enactment. They are proposals, less bent on cutting passages than on following clues to alignments of desire in patterns immersed in the terrain; an interweaving of intimacy and otherness.”
Phil Smith, The Routledge International Handbook of Walking

City! Oh City – Potcake Chapbook 12

City! Oh City! – poems on the light and dark of urban life. Thirteen of the best contemporary English-language poets present their wildly differing takes on the glamour and squalor, the joy and heartbreak, the varied people and the hidden wildlife of our modern cities.

City! Oh City
Poems on the light and dark of urban life.
Amit Majmudar, Robin Helweg-Larsen, Maryann Corbett, Michael R. Burch, Kate Bingham, Quincy R. Lehr, Pino Coluccio, Francis O’Hare, J.D. Smith, Jerome Betts, Terese Coe, Marcus Bales, Martin Elster
Series Editor Robin Helweg-Larsen
Illustrated by Alban Low
ISBN 978-1-915505-11-8
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Potcake Chapbook 12
SLB224
Print run of 250
Price – £2.60
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FRACTURED LIGHT: AN ANTHOLOGY – Victoria Kaye

With a background in the visual arts, I take a huge delight in the mysteries of colour. How white light refracts into seven glorious hues within the visual spectrum, bounded on either side by infra-red and ultra-violet is a wonder and an endless fascination. So I invited a few like-minded poets who I knew would share my passion to join me and contribute to this collection. All I asked of them was that they use the colours of the rainbow (as identified by Sir Isaac Newton) to act as a catalyst for their work and to take that forward in whatever way they wished and they have certainly done that. Subjects range from Bodmin Moor to debates about Newton’s classification system to the artist, Yves Klein’s patent for international blue to political/ecological concerns and more. I have been aware of some of these poets for a lot longer than others – often through a myriad of family links but I feel a very close connection to all of them and I must thank them for taking the time to support me in this project. Another ‘thank you’ also goes to my fellow writer/poets who have kindly provided introductory essays to the contributing poets.
VICTORIA KAYE

FRACTURED LIGHT: AN ANTHOLOGY
Victoria Kaye

Published June 2022
ISBN 978-1-915505-09-5
A5 Size
40 printed pages
Colour
Poem Brut Series #3
SLB0222
Print run of 100
Price – £4.99
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Launched at the European Poetry Festival on 27th June 2022

An anthology of poetic collaborations from across Europe

From its inception the European Poetry Festival has worked in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum London to present remarkable events that celebrate live literature, innovation in poetry and collaboration. Since 2018 poets from across Austria have visited the UK annually, to present new works made in pairs with local, British-based counterparts. These live poems, made for these nights, find themselves in print, for the first time, for this special, limited edition anthology. From the multi-lingual to the visual, from the the theatrical to the conceptual, these poems are as dynamic on the page, newly fashioned for that purpose, as they were when shared live, in the remarkable venue of the
ACF London.

An anthology of poetic collaborations from across Europe
Hannah Bründl and Han Smith, Fabian Faltin and SJ Fowler, Cornelia Hülmbauer and Ollie Evans, Max Höfler and Iris Colomb, Sophie-Carolin Wagner and Vilde Bjerke Torset, Robert Prosser and SJ Fowler, Daniela Chana and Phoebe Power, Verena Dürr and Magdalena McLean
Published June 2022
ISBN 978-1-915505-08-8
A5 Size
40 printed pages
Colour
European Poetry Festival Series 8
SLB0221
Print run of 200
Price – £4.60
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The European Poetry Festival celebrates, in the UK and beyond, the grand resurgence in avant-garde and literary poetry that has marked the 21st century in Europe. It aims to not only innovate what a live poetry experience might be, but to inculcate community and engagement between poets across the continent, as well as between new audiences and complex poetries.

https://www.europeanpoetryfestival.com

CANOPY 3 – An Anthology of Writing for the Urban Tree Festival 2022

This anthology is published to coincide with the Urban Tree Festival in May 2022. The pieces included were selected from over 100+ entries to a competition run in Spring 2022. Entrants were asked to write about “Healing Trees” as poems or stories in 250 words or fewer.

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The theme of “Healing Trees” was set by our previous winners: Chris Cuninghame for poetry and Sarah Wheeler for prose. They chose the theme as they felt it was pertinent to these challenging times and wanted entrants to reveal “the power of trees to heal themselves and us, to contribute to well-being and to sustain ecosystems.”

They also volunteered to be judges in this year’s competition, joined on the poetry side by Anita Roy, writer, editor and environmentalist, and on the prose side by N.G. Bristow, a screen writer, director and visual artist, rooted at Goldsmiths University of London, where he runs the MA in Directing Fiction.

Canopy 3
An Anthology of Writing for the Urban Tree Festival 2022
Nancy Charley, Sally Duffin, M.L. Grieve, Daniel Harwood, Gina Headden, Jude Higgins, Rosaleen Lynch, Cheryl Markosky, Jackie Morrison, Sara Stegen, Laurence Sullivan and Joanna Wolfarth
Published May 2022
ISBN 978-1-915505-07-1
A6 Size
24 printed pages
Colour
Museum of Walking Chapbook 12
SLB0220
Price – £4.99
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Edited by Chris Bestwick
Illustrated by Alban Low

Lost Love – Potcake Chapbook 11

Lost Love
Poems of what never happened, and of the end of things that did
Wendy Cope, David Whippman, Robin Helweg-Larsen, Vera Ignatowitsch, Michael R. Burch, James B. Nicola, Richard Fleming, N.S. Thompson, Melissa Balmain, Helena Nelson, Marcus Bales, Martin Parker, Vadim Kagan, Mary Meriam, Cody Walker, Brooke Clark, Gail White
Series Editor Robin Helweg-Larsen
Illustrated by Alban Low
ISBN 978-1-912960-96-5
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Potcake Chapbook 11
SLB209
Print run of 250
Price – £2.60
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The “Potcake Chapbook” series is named for the dogs of the Bahamas and the Caribbean – strays that live off the burnt scrapings of cooking pots. The poems in the series are a mixed bunch – but the potcake of our logo wears a bow tie to show that he and all the poems are formal. These poems are memorable in part because they rhyme and scan, as all truly memorable poetry does. We subscribe to the use of form, no matter how formless the times in which we live.

Smrt – Safia Kamel

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Smrt
Safia Kamel
Published March 2022
ISBN 978-1-912960-94-1
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 200
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook #17
SLB0207
Price – £2.60
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Designed to evidence the remarkable contemporary and innovative poetry being written by current and recent Kingston University Creative Writing students, this series of beautifully designed pamphlets each features a suite of poems, most often on one theme or in one style, by a solo author. The series mark the first publications of many poets who are very likely to be significant presences on the UK scene and beyond in the coming years.
www.writerskingston.com