Poetry by Individual Poets

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  • extra¤o

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    Steve O’Connor devised and co-hosted Freed Up, which revolutionised the Manchester poetry scene, worked with Write Out Loud and transformed their Trafford-based poetry open mic night, and co-edited all three volumes of Best of Manchester Poets. A Mancunian living in West Yorkshire, he teaches creative writing at colleges and libraries and runs bespoke distance learning courses. extraño is his first full collection of poetry. He hopes that you like it. “These are painful and beautiful poems, worn on the sleeve and inked with care and precision.” Tony Walsh AKA Longfella, poet & educator Learn More
  • Absolute Gravedigger, The

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    The Absolute Gravedigger, published in 1937, is in many ways the culmination of Vítězslav Nezval’s work as an avant-garde poet, combining the Poetism of his earlier work and his turn to Surrealism in the 1930s with his political concerns in the years leading up to World War II. It is above all a collection of startling verbal and visual inventiveness.

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  • Strikingly Invisible

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    An all-new poetry collection from the creator, writer and performer of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series, A Normal... Written between October 2018 and July 2019, these poems are concerned with the nature of change, identity, worth, and other abstract notions that get in the way of lunch. Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and film producer, founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Manchester Literature Festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to television. As co-founder and MD of Baby Cow Productions Ltd, Henry scripted edited and Executive Produced many of the UK's best-loved and ground-breaking comedy shows. Since retiring in 2016, he has written and performed six BBC Radio 4 shows, A Normal Family, A Normal Life, A Normal Love, A Normal Imagination, A Normal Nature and A Normal Universe, combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son. Born in Nottingham but now living in Brighton, Henry regularly performs poetry at literature festivals around the UK and was recently given honorary degrees by both Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University. He has also had a beer and a bus named after him in his home city. Learn More
  • Staring Directly at the Eclipse

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    Henry Normal's first poetry collection in over twenty years, combining both new and selected poems from his previous performance work. This collection encompasses the subjects of love, death, loneliness, loss, human frailty and other classic conversation stoppers. Learn More
  • This Phantom Breath

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    This Phantom Breath was written between August 2016 and August 2017. The poems in this collection are concerned with love, death, truth and other inconvenient distractions. "The Alan Bennett of poetry" - The Scotsman Learn More
  • Open Windows, Open Doors

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    The first New Departures publication since 2007, Open Windows, Open Doors by Vanessa Vie, will be launched early in 2020, sixty years since Michael Horovitz first launched the acclaimed experimental imprint, and its performance-based sibling, Live New Departures.
    Open Windows, Open Doors is Vanessa Vie's debut volume of diverse poetic writings, accompanied by a substantial selection of her varied visual art inventions created between 1997 and 2019. Its release early next year extends the quintessential commitment of the New Departures imprint to wonderment, internationalism, and multi-medic cross-pollenation in the arts. This book's title and contents vindicate and respond to the challenge of Lawrence F erlinghetti' s 'Populist Manifesto': "Poets, come out of your closets,/Open your windows, open your doors,/ You have been holed-up too long/in your closet worlds." 

    Almost entirely self-taught, as both multi-media artist and poetwriter, as well as singer-songwriter-musician, Vanessa grew up on the coast of Northern Spain, and came to Britain at the end of the last millennium. She decided to stay in Albion for good in 2000, largely inspired by absorbing herself in the visionary art and poetry of William Blake. It soon came naturally to her to converse, and then to write in English, with, as publisher Michael Horovitz puts it: "a relish for the stimulus of adapting to a second language, whilst still retaining the passionate spirits of her inborn duende."
    According to William Burroughs: "The techniques of much contemporary writing are 50 years behind those of musicians and painters". "Vanessa Vie's innovations," says Horovitz, "invariably bring the interplay of her poetry with highly original musics and visual art to the fore. Her prolific compositions and performances, solo or in conjunction with others, can amount to a nimbly synthesised dance on two, or sometimes three artistic trapezes at once."
    Vanessa Vie has presented Happenings inspired by the poetries of Rumi and Dylan Thomas, as well as devising transformative musical settings for those of William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Federico Garcia Lorca and Horovitz himself.
    "Many people have asked me throughout the years why I read and write in English," says Vanessa: "Samuel Beckett began writing in French because he wanted to get away from his mother tongue. Living, reading and speaking in French had bestowed him with a new personality. The English language has bestowed me with a new personality and freed me from my mother tongue. I find its nuances of sound and structure to be a restorative victual for my intellect, imagination and memory."

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