Like this, like light returning from one mirror
to another, we create each other.
Longbarrow Press is delighted to announce the publication of Angelina D’Roza‘s new pamphlet. Correspondences is her first title with Longbarrow Press since her debut collection Envies the Birds, and comprises 18 formally varied (and thematically related) poems (including ‘About the Human Voice’). A beautifully produced hand-stitched pamphlet, Correspondences is available now from Longbarrow Press. You can read an extract from the pamphlet here, and order it by clicking on the relevant PayPal link below (major debit cards accepted – no PayPal account required).
‘There is an urgency of saying in all D’Roza’s work, to speak experience authentically and thereby lead it beyond the subjective, and to bring it to its point, its meaning, which is never reached in an automatic or conventional way.’ Angelina D’Roza‘s Envies the Birds is one of several collections considered by Peter Riley in his regular Poetry Notes feature for The Fortnightly Review; click here to read it. ‘[Meridian is] a kind of requiem, a poem that mourns the passing of the world it is travelling through… Truth, Justice, and the Companionship of Owls represents a remarkable late flowering for one of England’s most interesting living poets’. Nancy Gaffield and Peter Riley’s recent Longbarrow collections are discussed by Billy Mills in a new review; click here to read Mills’s piece (on his Elliptical Movements blog).
Envies the Birds, Meridian and Truth, Justice, and the Companionship of Owls are among the 12 hardbacks featured in our current 3-for-2 special offer (others include Rob Hindle‘s The Grail Roads – Highly Commended in this year’s Forward Prizes – and Mark Goodwin‘s Rock as Gloss – a category finalist for the 2019 Banff Mountain Book Competition). You’ll also receive a free copy of the colour-themed pamphlet The Rose of Temperaments (featuring poems by Angelina D’Roza, A.B. Jackson, Chris Jones, Geraldine Monk, Helen Mort and Alistair Noon). Click here for further details (offer ends on 7 October).
‘A poetic journal is meditative and reflective, in the same way that walking is. It doesn’t know where it’s going or how it’s going to get there. It is a physical, emotional and intellectual engagement with the day. Meridian arises from the poetic journal.’ On the Longbarrow Blog, Nancy Gaffield considers the methods of ’embodied research’ that informed the development of her long poem Meridian, and the range of forms (‘the epistolary poem, the acrostic, the prose poem’) that mirror the paths and landscapes of Meridian‘s 270-mile journey. Click here to read ‘Meridian: The Last Step’. ‘And here we are miniaturised amongst this thisness, focusing in on the grains of grit … Higger is laughing with infinities of grit, and we are laughing with it … ‘ Also on the Longbarrow Blog, Mark Goodwin ascends to the pebbles and boulders of Higger Tor with fellow climber and writer Johnny Dawes (an encounter documented by photographer Nikki Clayton). Click here to read ‘If You Go Up To Higger Today’.
You can find a full range of Longbarrow Press titles at the Manchester Independent Book Fair on Saturday 28 September (12pm – 6pm, admission free). Organised by Dostoyevsky Wannabe, this one-day book fair at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Central Manchester brings some of the North’s most innovative artists and presses together under one roof. The fair will include artists’ books, poetry, fiction, art writing, literary criticism, and much more. A not-to-be-missed opportunity to see and buy some beautiful editions, and to meet the publishers and artists involved. Click here for more details. We’ll also be among the stallholders at the inaugural Sheffield Artists’ Book Fair on Saturday 5 October (10.30am – 4.30pm, admission free), with over 50 artist bookmakers and small presses from the UK and overseas filling the exhibition spaces of Kommune and Kurious Arts at Castle House in Sheffield city centre (click here for a location map). The event is part of this year’s Off the Shelf festival programme; you can find further details here. Click here for details of all our forthcoming events.