The Rose of Temperaments

Whatever binds this colour to our eyes and hearts
we cannot part its salve and sting of ambivalence.
Geraldine Monk

Longbarrow Press is delighted to announce the publication of The Rose of Temperaments, a limited edition pamphlet featuring poems by Angelina D’Roza, A.B. Jackson, Chris Jones, Geraldine Monk, Helen Mort and Alistair Noon. The 36-page pamphlet comprises six colour-themed sonnets (in their original and ‘recoloured’ versions), reflections on art, poetry and semiotics by project curators Paul Evans and Brian Lewis, and essays on science and colour perception by The University of Sheffield’s Richard Jones and Tony Ryan.

The pamphlet is available free with any Longbarrow Press hardback for a limited period (click here to view and order current publications), or for a small fee (to cover postage and handling costs – click on the relevant PayPal button below):

UK orders: £1.50

Europe orders: £3.50

Rest of World orders: £4.50

‘Our transactions, our memories, are everywhere and nowhere – at home, at work, on the move – enabled by technology that is everywhere and nowhere; the bundles of optical fibres beneath our streets, the unmarked mobile phone masts we scarcely notice at the roadside, the GPS satellites in semi-synchronous orbits. It’s embedded in the ground, in the sea, in the air, and, like most of our infrastructure, we only shift our attention to it when something goes awry.’ On the Longbarrow Blog, Brian Lewis considers the relationship between our communication networks and the spaces in which they operate; a theme developed in J.R. Carpenter‘s multimedia work The Gathering Cloud, in which a cultural history of the skies informs an extended meditation on the discreet, complex and expanding ecosystem of ‘cloud computing’ (and its environmental impact). Click here to read ‘Rain, Steam and Speed’.

 

Images:
1. Emma Bolland
2. Brian Lewis
3. Luke Howard

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Old Space / New Space

‘Old space, new space. In a site like this, the changes of use and of appearance aren’t always apparent: there’s little here to suggest that this was, until recently, a ‘working landscape’, the grassland and wetland concealing the scars of industry.’  In July 2017, Matthew Clegg and Brian Lewis led a walk through Adwick Washlands, a recent addition to the RSPB’s landscape portfolio, nestled in a shallow pocket of the Dearne Valley. A new essay for the Longbarrow Blog considers the physical (and historical) porosity of the site, its ‘movable frontiers of land and water’ and ‘soft borders’ with estates and farmland, and the walk itself, animated by skylarks and wodwos, ‘the whiff of ferality’, and the discovery of a swallow’s nest in the concrete chamber of an anti-aircraft gun site. Click here to read ‘Open to the Sky’ by Brian Lewis.  ‘And further on, and where this hidden glen t-junctions, and where burns merge, and where little pylons carrying power-lines pass, their frames’ movements through this place defined by their actually staying still within it … here, at this juncture, there are some ruins. The larger house has been sky-opened, and young rowans grow on the battlements of its crumbling.’ Elsewhere on the Longbarrow Blog, Mark Goodwin recounts a journey through the glens and lochs of Western Scotland in the wake of ‘days of snow and ice’, soundtracked by ‘some unidentified bird’, as the year’s first flush of light and heat is felt, and spring unfurls ‘its newest of oldest gestures’. You can read ‘Matter’ here.

‘There’s anger in this collection, and rightly so, but it’s harnessed and restrained into these meticulously constructed and beautiful poems.’
Kelvin Corcoran‘s new Longbarrow Press pamphlet was reviewed in The New European in February, and acclaimed by Charlie Connelly as ‘the best articulation of the post-Brexit shock and fallout’. Article 50 is also the subject of a piece by Ian Brinton for the Tears in the Fence blog, which concludes that ‘this beautifully produced little book should be read by anyone who values lyric poetry… [it] requires us to take account of what is truly meant by loss, both personal and social.’ Click here to read the review. On the website of the international journal BODY, David Wheatley considers Alistair Noon‘s recent Longbarrow pamphlet QUAD: an elegant little meditation on the finitude of knowledge and form, and on what lies beyond them. It is also a poem that confirms Noon as one of the most interesting of the poets footloose in the modern European Anglosphere’. Click here to read more.

‘Trees are like gold, but gold / is like dust.’  One of several new poems to appear from Angelina D’Roza since the publication of her debut collection Envies the Birds, ‘Trees’ is currently featured on the Honest Ulsterman site: click here to read the poem.

You can find us at several events throughout Yorkshire in April and May, including The Old Weird Albion with Justin Hopper, Sharron Kraus and Longbarrow poet Chris Jones (Sheffield, 20 April); Print Stuff, a new print and publishing fair (York, 28 April); and The Motley Muse, a one-day symposium with talks and readings from Vahni Capildeo, Kelvin Corcoran, Brian Lewis, Sandeep Parmar, Peter Riley, and more (Huddersfield, 19 May). Visit our Events page for further details.

 

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