Wednesday, 8 April 2015
A.C.Bevan, Damian Walford Davies, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch and Nicholas Murray will be reading at 7.30 at the No 46 Wine Bar in Presteigne High Street.
If you can't make the reading you can buy the pamphlets here using the Paypal button.
We look forward to seeing you on a lovely spring evening in the Welsh Marches on Monday.
Monday, 23 March 2015
Today's Poem of the Week taken from one of the pamphlet collections launched this year by Rack Press is Commission by Damian Walford Davies from his collection Alabaster Girls which you can order here using Paypal.
I was in the graveyard, islanded
by creeks, parsing deep botched
cuts that pass for epitaphs.
Horses drummed their piss
on clumps of woundwort –
so loud, the troopers laying
statues on the fire turned to look.
Stare long enough, the tower’s
flintwork will bewilder you. Gilt
paint burns especially. He called me
from the porch, framed by gargoyles
and the Lamb, bitter ramsons
mixed with sweetish smoke.
My sergeant rose among the reeds,
a tan bird mewing in his gloves.
The church was cool; their eyes
were hammering at three angels
on the roof. I wrapped the balls
inside a paper patch and shot,
walked out decked in golden dust.
Monday, 16 March 2015
Each week in March we are featuring a poem from one of the new Rack pamphlets published in 2015 and this week the chosen poem is from Katrina Naomi's collection Hooligans. You can order it now from this site using the Paypal button (£5). "Hooligans" was a term used against the suffragettes by their opponents.
|Katrina Naomi (centre) with friends at the launch|
last month in London of Hooligans
23 February 1909 from West Strand Post Office to 10 Downing St, SW
What a shock for the postie,
one woman, then two
human letters –
Elspeth McClelland and Daisy Soloman –
addressed to Mr Asquith,
a threepenny stamp like a small tattoo
on each hand, as they walked,
too large to be perched
on the delivery boy’s basket;
words indelibly printed in their mouths,
which just needed to be opened,
their contents clear
from both women’s signatures –
the way each spoke when angry.
Monday, 9 March 2015
Each week in March we are featuring a poem from one of the new Rack pamphlets published in 2015 and this week the chosen poem is from A.C. Bevan's collection, De'ath & Daughters. You can order it now from this site using the Paypal button (£5).
…peeled the apple before she ate it,
cored & pared & separated
into bite-size halves & quarters, pipped
& pitted, & destalked it.
Then she named it: Golden Russet,
Maiden’s Blush, Sweet Delicious,
Adams Pearmain, Yellow Tremlett’s.
Made her pies & crumbles, pressed it
into pomace, sauce, fermented
juices, sparkling wines of moonshine,
applejack & scrumpy cider.
& after several pints of snakebite,
danced stark naked & debauchèd
with a serpent through the orchard.
|A.C. Bevan reading from his new collection at the Rack|
Press launch in London last month
Photo: Paul Bevan
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
|Opal Menilite from Agramón|
The first poem is from Fiona Pitt-Kethley's pamphlet
Mineral Adventures (£5)
The Opal Menilites of Agramón
Bright yellow broomrape bursting from the clay,
close to the minerals we’re searching for.
Nothing’s what you’d expect in Agramón.
Blue-grey on grey at first they look discreet
and crisp as sugared almonds in the walls
until we marvel at their varied forms.
This quarry’s the sex-shop of the mineral scene:
Willendorf Venuses, testicles, dicks
beside more toy-like marbles, skittles, ducks
and half-formed pre-pubescent young girls’ breasts.
A heavenly jest, perhaps. Exuberant,
tumescent, waiting in their matrixes.
If stones could speak these ones would say to me:
“Release us on an unsuspecting world…”
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
|Eleven of the 33 Rack Press Poets at the London|
launch of the new series of pamphlets
Here is a link to Fiona Pitt-Kethley reading a poem from her new Rack collection, Mineral Adventures.
De’Ath & Daughters
by A.C. Bevan
A C Bevan’s poems have appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies and newspapers in the UK, Europe and the US. He is the author of three pamphlet collections to date, and lives and works in Bristol. The poems in this collection explore sex, love and death through the ages. These are tales of some of the great heroines of folklore, myth and history retold for our modern age.
“Elegant and – to me – mysterious poems. And funny.” –
“Takes us with him all the way, in a breathless trajectory to a perfectly timed ending.” – Bristol Review of Books
by Katrina Naomi
Katrina is completing a PhD at Goldsmiths in creative writing, with a focus on violence in poetry, and teaches at Falmouth University. Her previous collections include The Girl with the Cactus Handshake, which was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award and Lunch at the Elephant & Castle, which won the Templar Poetry Pamphlet Competition.
by Damian Walford Davies
Damian Walford Davies was born in 1971. He teaches at Cardiff University. His co-authored collection, Whiteout, appeared in 2006. Suit of Lights (a Wales Literature Exchange ‘Bookshelf’ Choice) was published in 2009, followed by Witch in 2012. Judas will appear in 2015. His collections are published by Seren.
by Fiona Pitt-Kethley
"She is a dedicated poet, getting better all the time.” – A.N.Wilson
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Many of you will have heard the sad news that Susan Grindley died on 4th December 2014. Her pamphlet New Reader (published by Rack Press in 2013) was praised for its elegance and craft. Susan began writing poetry in 1997, when she joined Michael Donaghy’s Word Shop at City University. She became an active and enthusiastic participant in the London poetry scene, as both a performer and a supporter of others, making many lasting friendships.
Susan was a founder member of The Group, based at The Poetry Society. She was well read in poetry as well as in wider literature and could spontaneously offer a quote or a useful reference. Other members of the group were impressed by Susan’s ability to give constructive, informed criticism. Her poem, ‘Gobby Deegan’s Riposte’, became the title poem of the pamphlet that The Group produced in 2004 and has delighted audiences at numerous readings. Susan performed her work regularly in London poetry venues and was also well known on the Essex poetry circuit, reading at the Essex Poetry Festival. She built up a reputation as a skilled and meticulous poet, attaining an impressive range of poetry successes and awards. Many of her poems have been published in magazines, such as Magma, Poetry News, and South Bank Poetry and on-line, in Limelight and Nth Position. The title poem of New Reader was highly commended in the Larkin and East Riding Poetry Competition in 2011 and she was also highly commended in The Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition. She was invited to read her work at The Edinburgh Book Festival and the Ledbury Poetry Festival.
Most recently, she featured in the pamphlet Sounds of the Front Bell (Stonewood Press 2014). A review in London Grip points to the poignancy of Susan’s poem, in which she likens Victoria Park to a Chinese landscape:
Next stop, I’m getting off the bus
By the time it pulls away
I shall have disappeared in my grey coat.
Look for my red shoes half way up the picture.
She will be immensely missed by those who knew and loved her and by her audience of poetry readers.
by June Lausch, Valerie Josephs and Annie Freud.