Thursday, August 29, 2013

book launch: miles salter's 'animals'

We could all use a little bit of good news at the moment, and I'm very pleased to have more details here about Miles's second collection and launch:

Miles Salter launches his second poetry collection, Animals, on Thursday 19th September at City Screen Basement Bar in York.
The collection, published by Scarborough's Valley Press, features a host of animal-themed poems, as well as writing that explores apocalyptic scenarios and the human condition.
By turns humorous and hard-hitting, Animals includes poems that have been published in respected journals such as Ambit and Rialto, among others. 

The evening will also showcase the talents of Julia Deakin (who work has featured on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please and won numerous competitions), and regular Private Eye contributor Mike Barfield. Miles will also play some acoustic songs. 

'A fabulous bestiary in which human procedures are some of the scariest things around. These are wonderfully disconcerting poems, haunted by inanities past and present, but crafted with humour and considerable heart.' - Paul Munden

 'An entertaining and endlessly inventive writer, Miles will certainly be one to watch.' - Ink Sweat and Tears 

Date: Thursday 19th September 2013 

Venue: City Screen Basement Bar, Coney Street, York 

Tickets: £5.00 from 0871 902 5726  
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

book review: andrew taylor's make some noise: the woking poems

Andrew Taylor's collection, Make Some Noise (The Woking Poems), written during a residency at Liverpool Art and Design Trust, takes us on a journey through various urban settings. A variety of free verse formats plus enjambment and the present tense puts the language under pressure effectively. He takes the urban, the everyday, the stuff that we are expected to pass by, and gives it an immediate and a strange feel. Here, in a shopping centre:

'Security guards follow people badly, while a minimum wage
cleaner polishes a glass balcony, all day.'

(So Modern Everything Seems Pointless)

Birdsong and butterflies push through urban cracks to find new spaces, while rural landscapes appear abruptly, or in memories. A compelling read.

Make Some Noise: The Woking Poems is available from Original Plus chapbooks.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

book review: tim ellis, on the verge

Welcome to the first in a series of short book reviews. We kick off with Tim Ellis's new book of poems 'On the Verge'. The innovative structure allows him to include single poems within a longer poetic narrative. Interestingly, some single poems have been inspired by the journal of a real-life unidentified and environmentally aware poet, 'Tom', now deceased, while other single poems are attributed to 'Tom' (this is all clearly and sensitively explained in the introduction to the book). These poems have been creatively woven into the longer narrative. Here, a young hitch-hiker, based on 'Tom', attempts to engage with the intolerant lorry driver who picks him up. Both characters are well observed:

'I know his sort - he's out of touch with nature,
thinks animals the same as animations'

while, in other poems, rhinos and unicorns voice their own anger towards humans. As in Tim's previous poetry collection 'Gringo on the Chickenbus' the playful tone, vibrant rhymes, and juxtaposed cultural references lead the way into serious environmental issues. This is a collaborative road trip that explores fear and loathing, giving us imaginative transformations that show us the consequences of our environmental (in)actions.

On the Verge is available as an e-book through Smashwords and Amazon. Tim's website gives details of his previous publications as well as more information about his writing and travels.