Sapo

Two questions I will die with:
Did you call any place home?
If not, what drew you on:
the seasons’ slow turning
or that faint itch of the horizon?

Longbarrow Press is delighted to announce the publication of Sapo, a new collection by Rob Hindle.

Sapo is Spanish for ‘toad’; in parts of Latin America, ‘sly / slippery’, also ‘informer’; in Portuguese, ‘soap’. Origins include Old English sāp  (amber, resin, unguent), Latin sēbum (tallow, grease). Cognate with Old French sapient (wise) from Latin sapere. Saber is a Spanish verb, meaning ‘to know / understand’.

The sliding, unsettled or ‘slippery’ meanings and etymologies of a single word – sapo – point to ways in which poems and poetry work. The poems in this collection – written and developed over more than a decade – resound with calls and ‘siren notes’ which, like those of the birds that feature throughout the book, are strange and familiar, settled and contingent. The Covid pandemic (and the earlier plague in Eyam) sunders and coheres communities, just as the bombing of Gernika did, or the inequality in Blake’s Songs; stick houses are less secure and more hospitable than stone ones. Ancient and modern venturers travel into unknown territories in order to know the new only as other versions of the old; poetry resists and embraces form, echo, meaning.

A beautifully produced 96-page hardback, Sapo is available now from Longbarrow Press (with free UK delivery until 10 December 2022). You can read an extract from the book here, and order it by clicking on the relevant PayPal link below (major debit cards accepted – no PayPal account required).

Sapo
£14

UK orders (free delivery until 10 December 2022)

Europe orders (+ £5.25 postage)

Rest of World orders (+ £8.25 postage)

Join us for the launch of Sapo at Shakespeare’s, 146-148 Gibraltar Street, Sheffield S3 8UB on Monday 12 December (doors 7.30pm; event starts 8pm). Admission free, all welcome.

Sapo
is also available as part of our current special offer, in which you can choose any 3 of our handsome litho-printed hardbacks for £30 (offer ends midnight 18 December 2022). Payments are handled securely via PayPal (debit cards accepted via the ‘Check Out as a Guest’ option – no PayPal account required). You can also pay by bank transfer (email longbarrowpress@gmail.com for bank transfer details). All orders are carefully parcelled in robust packaging. Click here for full details and to order.

The last day to order books for Christmas delivery (to UK addresses) is Sunday 18 December (if you’re in Sheffield, it’s Monday 19 December, as we’ll be delivering these orders on foot). We can gift-wrap your orders and/or send them to a different UK address at no extra cost; simply email Brian Lewis at longbarrowpress@gmail.com with the details. We also offer Longbarrow Gift Certificates (ideal for those last-minute presents); click here for details.

 

 

 

 

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Katabasis

A storm is ending summer, trashing gardens,
flooding the road clean. Jackdaws are hurled
over the fields like socks; the swifts have gone.
Night gathers, Venus and Mars port lights
over the city.

Four years after The Grail Roads appeared to wide acclaim, Longbarrow Press is delighted to announce the publication of Sapo, a new collection by Rob Hindle. The poems in Sapo resound with calls and ‘siren notes’ which, like those of the birds that feature throughout the book, are strange and familiar, settled and contingent. The Covid pandemic (and the earlier plague in Eyam) sunders and coheres communities, just as the bombing of Gernika did, or the inequality in Blake’s Songs.

Sapo is published as a 96-page hardback on 31 October; click here to pre-order the book (with free UK delivery). Click here to read a poem from Sapo.

‘There was an enrichment, not of wealth or status, an enrichment of time, the civic life. It was common ground on private land. It was sustained by public memory and it sustained public memory. It is possible to think that this is everything but it is never enough. Even for the heart.’
In a new post for the Longbarrow Blog, Brian Lewis considers the legacies, and fates, of Sheffield’s non-essential retail in the final days of the last English lockdown. You can read ‘One-Way Mirror’ here.

On Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October, the Small Publishers Fair returns to London’s Conway Hall, showcasing the work of over 60 publishers from across the UK and around the world, with an exhibition and a varied programme of readings and talks. Longbarrow Press will be sharing a stall with Gordian Projects and Intergraphia over the two days of the fair; we’ll have a full range of titles and a number of special offers. The fair is open from 11am to 7pm, with programmes of readings and talks in the afternoons (free, no booking required). Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, WC1R 4RL. Admission free; all welcome.

 

 

 

 

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