As part of the ongoing documentation of the Longbarrow Press archive, artist Emma Bolland has created a series of images focusing on our books, pamphlets, and other works on paper. You can view a selection of these images in this slideshow (most of the featured publications are still available here):
‘The cairn takes many shapes and forms and can be seen as an early type of land art. It is art that is anonymous, proletarian, shape-shifting, both practical and aesthetically timeless.’ Photographer and poet Karl Hurst continues his series of essays reflecting on land features in ‘Meditation on Carl Wark’, a new post for the Longbarrow Blog, which puts forward an idiosyncratic argument for navigating by instinct. You can read the essay (accompanied by several photographs from his ‘Booths’ series) here. ‘Levine revealed himself to be one of America’s most retrospective poets: obsessively winding and unwinding the threads of time. He validates experience, transforms it, re-evaluates and interrogates it, and he reminds us how long it can take us to come to emotional terms with our own lives.’ In the second of this month’s posts on the Longbarrow Blog, Matthew Clegg offers his tribute to the American poet Philip Levine (1928-2015): a close reading of Levine’s ‘anti-revelatory’ poem ‘The Great Truth’, a visionary work that is also a critique of ‘the visionary paradigm’. Click here to read the essay.
Finally, Longbarrow Press is pleased to confirm details of the Leicester launch of Mark Goodwin‘s collection Steps. Goodwin will introduce and read from the book at The Exchange Bar, 50 Rutland Street, Cultural Quarter, Leicester LE1 1RD on Thursday 23 April (7.30pm start). All welcome; admission free. Longbarrow Press poets Matthew Clegg, Rob Hindle, Chris Jones and Fay Musselwhite will also present a number of performances and poetry walks in Mexborough, Rotherham, Sheffield and Ledbury in May, June and July; further details will be posted on our Events page in the near future.