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“A SONG FOR LAZARUS
Last night I
looked long at the night
was searching for a Way
out of the pain I feel
when I think of all the lost
Blackfaces staring from
hallways and bars
or nodding along bleak
avenues, wearing alien
names & rhythms, alien
thoughts drumming in
the brainpan. A lost
Nation bopping in hot-
pants suits / courtjesters
in wild Blackface—
once a mighty Race. Trapped
in the dope and dung among
shadows of foulness & decay.
Last night I
looked long at the night
was hoping that the gloom
we see in Blackeyes & Blacklives
is not the deadly hush
of Twilight, but darkness
just before the Dawn.”
CANDACE HILL — SHORT LEASH KEPT ON
Published December 2022
“not I bud and blossom not Ilooking glass thoughtless not I
said the bosom not I said to
seek not I in too deep not I drivel
thirst not I keep it coming
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JAMES GOODWIN - FAUX ICE
Published December 2022
“A constrained economy of expression is the formative approach I’ve taken with these poems. I was motivated, in my early attempts, to reproduce, as a crystallised element of black lyric expressivity, the condensed form of the grime lyric, and its invocations of blackness as a poetic description of being immersed in and by indistinction. Or aspects of the black life of poetry which do not derive their origins, causes, or relations from communicative modes of clarification in language. And so the poems in Faux Ice are oblique expressions and articulations of the ways reality is refracted by [the] questions of what is real, informing, say, the experience of seeing without being seen on the one hand and having no others on the other.”
“shot of this glean of jewel with theJAMES GOODWIN is the author of Fleshed out For All the Corners of the Slip (The 87 Press, 2021), and Aspects Caught in The Headspace We’re In: Composition for Friends (Face Press, 2020). He is currently completing a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London.
force of a technomarine to
connect the more looks around the
pressure-encrusted, iced out skip and
lack of any protection”
A5, perfect bound, 58 pp.
Sascha Akhtar, Tom Allen, Tom Betteridge, cris cheek, Francis Crot, Nia Davies, Ellen Dillon, Helen Dimos, Laura Elliott, Harry Gilonis, Emma Gomis, Chris Gutkind, Dom Hale, Tessa Harris, Sarah Hayden, Danny Hayward, Ian Heames, Rosa van Hensbergen, Dimitra Ioannou, Lisa Jeschke, Justin Katko, Sarah Kelly, Linda Kemp, Rob Kiely, Peter Manson, Lila Matsumoto, Stephen Mooney, Ghazal Mosadeq, Gizem Okulu, Nell Osborne, Richard Owens, Eleanor Perry, Jessica Pujol Duran, Richard Parker, Luke Roberts, Will Rowe, Andy Spragg, Dolly Rae Star, and Stolen Goods.
Dear Comradesdon’t get it twisted
UMBRA MAGAZINE (1963-1974): AN INTRODUCTION AND BIBLIOGRAPHY
Published May 2021 (Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, University at Buffalo, SUNY)
“David Grundy’s focus on Umbra magazine provides a vital introduction to the Umbra Workshop, its core and peripheral participants, and the bibliographic contents of its scarce five issues. As well as historicizing this coterie and their house publication, this pamphlet provides a chronology that more fully situates the scope of the Umbra network. While the influence of the Umbra group has been wide-reaching, many would argue it remains far understudied. This issue will be an ideal starting point to expand that conversation.”
GABRIELLE DANIELS – SOMETHING ELSE AGAIN: POETRY AND PROSE, 1975-2019
Published November 2020
“Daniels’ talents spin in every conceivable direction. Her writing continues to investigate and illumine corners of the world often neglected by the white capitalistic structures of patriarchy that shapes our lives from birth to death. Daniels’ work reveals a history, a legacy, a plan of action for the future. These are stories and poems with the punch of a novel in miniature.”
“I am trying to figure out the ruling class. How they raise their replacements…”
A5, perfect-bound, 80pp.
JOHN DEWITT – 20 20 PRETZELS
Published November 2020 (Second printing December 2022)
Can I have a water?And and or orA bowl of oceanic feelings bungled and split?
DAVID GRUNDY-LOCAL APOCALYPSE
Published November 2020
There’s a bird in the handDAVID GRUNDY edits MATERIALS and is the author of Relief Efforts (Barque Press, 2018), To the Reader (Shit Valley, 2016), The Problem, The Questions, The Poem (Tipped Press, 2015) and Whatever You Think the Good Home (Punch Press, 2014).
A bird in the eye
Across the table
Across the afternoon
Clouds Clouds Clouds
Across the sky
May silence help you you
A5, 52pp, saddle-stitch.
Between 2017-2018 I was involved in a trial with a group of TERFs after a scuffle emerged during a counter protest against a ‘debate’ about sex-based rights in light of proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act which would have made trans people’s lives marginally easier. Luckily I wasn’t actually in the dock, but I appeared to give evidence, and for everyone involved it was a humiliating ordeal as we were doxxed, harrassed online and in real life, while the relentless media campaign which ensued took a toll on the entire trans community. The caricaturesque reduction of a complex interrelation of political positions, epistemologies, traumas and personal grievances into two ‘sides’ ultimately worked to further the persecution of trans people, but nevertheless highlighted a social logic on whose terms the so called debate was forced to appear: sex was pitted against gender (or more revealingly ‘gender identity’), objective biology against subjective ‘self-identification’, nature against culture, or perhaps, first nature against second nature.
TOM BETTERIDGE – DRESSINGS
the time left what’s left to hold harriedColour covers in gross-out pink; A5, saddle-stapled, 46 pages.
tense cycle hemmed in speech scrutiny
bedside duress grey light adore you
Review by Alice Hill-Woods here.
ANNE BOYER (born 1973) is an American poet and essayist. She is the author of The Romance of Happy Workers (2008), The 2000s (2009), My Common Heart (2011), Garments Against Women (2015), and The Handbook of Disappointed Fate (2018). Boyer teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute With Guillermo Parra and Cassandra Gillig, she has translated the work of 20th century Venezuelan poets Victor Valera Mora, Miguel James, and Miyo Vestrini. In 2020, Boyer was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for her book The Undying: A Meditation on Modern Illness (2019).The peak consequence —this portof pleasure —we willor will notrealize —
MANSON & MENDOZA – WINDSUCKERS & ONSETTERS: SONNOTS for Griffiths
Published August 2018
WINDSUCKERS & ONSETTERS: SONNOTS for Griffiths is a collaborative project between Peter Manson & Mendoza in commemoration of Bill Griffiths (August 20, 1948 – September 13, 2007). The assemblage of ‘niners’ (nine sets of nine lines with nine syllables per line) uses, or responds to, text found in Fishing and Folk: Life and Dialect on the North Sea Coast (2008) & Pitmatic: Talk of the North East Coal Field (2007) compiled by Bill Griffiths.
Blue card covers, 48 pages, side-stapled.
Bill Griffiths was born in Middlesex and settled in Seaham, Co. Durham. Mendoza was born in Northumberland and settled in London. Peter Manson was born in Glasgow and settled in Glasgow.
You lose your light. spend all of your lives.
“endless doubtlessness, land-full / surprised-
ness”. unintelligible language.
eye-acute. “look at the sun rising...
unspeaking and becoming” light-like
sun-froth unGod. sun-needle gaze-blaze
erase death, and in-turn re-birth. this
land is gold. this coal is gold. this clan-ship of miners is gold is gold is
Below is a recording of Manson & Mendoza reading from the book.
Recording: Mendoza. Production: Manson. Glasgow, August 2018.
DAVID GRUNDY—RELIEF EFFORTS
Published May 2018 (Barque Press)
“My back collapsed
My voice went on.”
With its characteristic combination of total rigour and complete obscenity, this Anthology of Poems by Drunk Women is deeply attentive to the history of language, the complicities and complexities of poetic figuration, the extreme moral impurity of a fierce and funny and vital ethical commitment. A smiley face sits next to a guillotine, a German word next to an English one, should I or should I not marry Donald Trump, where is Chelsea Manning, Caster Semenya is the greatest 800m runner of the current era, fuck the AfD.
Lisa Jeschke completed a Ph.D in England, and now lives in Munich. She is co-editor of Materials/Materialien, and the author of Dead Cheap (Face Press, 2014), and, with Lucy Beynon, David Cameron: A Theatre of Knife Songs (Shit Valley, 2015) and The Tragedy of Theresa May (Tipped Press, forthcoming). Poems and critical writing have appeared in Botch, Datableed, Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, Materials, No Prizes, Tripwire, &c.