Monday, 6 August 2007
Rack Press Relaunched
Welcome to the new blog of Rack Press which was re-launched in 2006 with three pamphlets, Lute Variations by Richard Price, The Green Buoy by John Barnie and The Narrators by Nicholas Murray. The following year, in January 2007, three more poets were published, Peter Dale with Eight by Five, Hazel Frew with Clockwork Scorpion and Dai Vaughan with Inconsequences.
Richard Price's pamphlet, Lute Variations was reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement on 18th May 2007. Reviewer David Wheatley observed: "Price's fine versions are a model of collaborative intertextuality, each version blending suggestively with the next. Price is an inquisitive and versatile writer and...the chapbook form seems particularly congenial to him."
Please note that Lute Variations is now out of print
Hazel Frew's pamphlet Clockwork Scorpion is praised in the latest issue of Poetry Scotland as "very good work from a good newcomer. Recommended." It is also reviewed in the new issue of Sphinx where its highly original subject matter and imaginative dexterity is praised. "I like the control and economy in this writing," says reviewer Eleanor Livingstone, "and Frew's confidence with structure gives the poems a lot of liveliness."
Peter Dale's Eight by Five was reviewed by Sarah Crown in The Guardian on 24th March. She praised the collection's "mordant humour" finding the poems "pungent and amusing". In these "rich and textured poems...the humble epigram is elevated, illuminated; transformed".
Nicholas Murray, founder of Rack Press, is interviewed about the Press in the latest issue of Sphinx magazine (Issue 6, Spring 2007: www.happenstancepress.com)
If you would like to learn more visit the Rack Press website.