Rack Press ever impresses – Poetry Review
The consistently reliable Rack PressTimes Literary Supplement
I have come to hope that a Rack Press pamphlet may be a tiny gift-box of unusually good poems – Alison Brackenbury, PN Review

Friday, 4 September 2009

Poetry Wales Salutes Us

Thank you to Poetry Wales for a nice mention of Rack Press in its latest issue (Spring 44 (4)) in the context of a discussion of the current fashion for poetry pamphlets. In a sense it is a mixed blessing from big poetry publishers like Seren and Faber who have both announced new pamphlet initiatives in the past year, because we look to them for a more substantial commitment to new poetry in book form. But every little helps.

Poetry Wales writes: "In Wales, Powys-based Rack Press has established a well-produced series frequently reviewed in this magazine..." Not strictly accurate because Poetry Wales consistently ignored us until a splendidly generous review last autumn of the third annual batch of poets appeared there. Getting anything reviewed these days in the poetry magazines is a struggle so we are grateful for all these notices.

While on the subject of pamphlets we recommend the following:

Towards a Pamphlet: a practical course

Tutor: Roddy Lumsden

Venue: Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX

Day / Time: Fridays, 6.45-8.45pm

Duration: 6 weeks

Start Date: 6 November

Price: £65 (£46 concs)

You’ll look at how to put together, order and edit a pamphlet of poems; considering publication options, range, theme, the editorial and selection processes, design, layout and fonts. This short course, aimed at advanced poets who feel their work is now strong and original enough to be successful in a busy market, is taught by a poet who has edited many pamphlets

as well as writing both pamphlets and full collections of his own.

To book: call 0207 582 1679 or book online at www.poetryschool.com

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