Sam Smith Original Plus books & The Journal (once 'of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry')

Sam Smith books plus Original Plus publications and The Journal

Original Plus books 

F.J.Williams: On Lipstick Beach

On Lipstick Beach by F.J.Williams is to be officially launched on 7th July 2015.

"Microwaves, the 'first fridge', Pepsi, gyms, cashpoints and bowls-players, On Lipstick Beach spills over with the stuff of everyday life. There's satire here but also a relish of the oddity of the commonplace. These fast-paced, witty poems are a real pleasure." Jeffrey Wainwright

"Art should disturb so says F.J. Williams (in the poem Jimmy the hit man) - and these poems do with their thought-provoking and challenging explorations. But they also delight, illuminate and record a world of closely detailed incidents, articles and people. The choice of techniques (rich imagery, exact diction, alliterative and assonantal sound effects) is always appropriate to the subject matter - serving the intellectual and emotional demands of the poems rather than for a self-aggrandising effect. These poems demand to be read, and re-read in order to savour the worlds that John Williams so skilfully creates. This is the work of rare imagination - bold, daring, enriching and essentially human." Roger Elkin

"Williams makes you feel he's held each word in his hand, considering its exact weight and energy...He finds and celebrates the small rebellions that keep human aspiration and hope alive" - Pauline Rowe 

ISBN 978-0-9931186-5-4         £5.00   (price applies to UK only)              

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in:dispensable: Andy Hickmott

in:dispensable by Andy Hickmott

a collection of new poems in support of  Ancoats Dispensary Trust  

For over a century Ancoats Dispensary was the beating heart of Ancoats, its grade II listed Victorian splendour keeping safe the local people's memories: their joy at new births, relief at health restored, sadness of loved ones lost. Faced with the threat of its demolition, the community it had served rose up and organized a grass roots campaign to save it. Now with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Ancoats Dispensary Trust is working not only to restore the dispensary to its former splendour, but also to make it once again a vital cohesive force in the life of the community. The twenty poems in in:dispensable capture the essential hurt of an industrial heartland subjected to exploitation, neglect and plunder.

ISBN 978-0-9931186-3-0          £5.00      (price applies to UK only)

 
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Us: who made History by Paul Lee

Us: who made History by Paul Lee

‘The remarkable work of a remarkable man, these poems will stop at nothing. They grapple tirelessly with delight and despair, joy and anguish, form and fragmentation. They are intelligent, fierce, fearless, and alive. Paul Lee died too soon – but what a legacy is here!’ Helena Nelson

'This is a posthumous collection, the final publication of Paul Lee, offering sixty nine poems and so offering clear economic value. But it offers values of other kinds, too: of variety, craft, dexterity and of emotional range.  I'd never read Lee before, so the first poems came as something of a surprise - their deftness, their craft, his desire to experiment with form on one page or build a solidly conventional sonnet on the next. I was surprised I'd not come across him before. You would think a poet of this ability would be widely published...' Noel Williams: Antiphon (for the full review - http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/interval-reviews-5/181-i5-review-1) 

‘I first met Paul at Leicester Writers’ Club, where he would read out new poems and ask for feedback. I didn’t have the vocabulary to describe their qualities let alone offer criticism. But on each occasion he pulled back another layer and I learned a little more. He was a subtle teacher and generous. For a long time I didn’t realise that was the process we were engaged in. / It was after one of our last meetings together that I caught a glimpse of how many layers remained to be uncovered. We were walking out of the Adult Education College and I expressed my admiration for a particularly fine sonnet he had just read out. I wanted to know how he achieved the rhyme and metre without it seeming forced. "Once you’ve written fifty they start to come more easily," he said. "That one came to me fully formed."’ Rod Duncan

ISBN 978-0-9570197-4-4        £8.00   

 
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Routes of Uncertainty: Grahaeme Barrasford Young

"These are serious poems by a serious poet about serious issues and, while some at times tend towards the inaccessible, most are very much worth reading. They are characterised by a real craft - Routs of Uncertainty makes use of a choppy syntax hard to write but perfectly expressive of the press of important but unknowable things crowding in. Similarly barbury where the rhythm of the words on the page describing the walk seem themselves expelled by the rapid breathing of a walker climbing. ... This is an excellent collection which I can highly recommend." Patrick Lodge: Carillon #39
"I admire the marriage of childhood memory and philosophical probing in Routes of Uncertainty. This strikingly independent poetry, moulded by the Scottish Highlands, has great range. It uncovers a wide world of location and dislocation, placement and displacement, and explores the edge of things, both human and natural, beyond 'the sludge of struggle' and what might have been. It mediates a borderline between historical-geological division, between the lost and the found, and between silence and not knowing."  David Caddy

"Using metaphors from geology and landscape GBY explores the depths of humanity. His language is terse and sinewy, shot through with moments of harsh beauty they show a passionate relationship with the land." John Matthews 

 ISBN 978-0-9570197-5-1 £8.00  


Paul Lee : The Light Forecast

Paul Lee: The Light Forecast   "These poems are like water. They splash from risk to risk, exuberant, graceful, wayward, irrepressible. Head-over-heels in love with words, Lee draws vitality from the source. He can make a sparkling delight of almost nothing—or plummet as deep as it goes…." Helena Nelson              

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£8.00 

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For more details go to http://teamleepoetry.wordpress.com  


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Emma Lee : Yellow Torchlight and the Blues

"Employing strong visual pictures ... many of Lee's poems stick in the mind's eye long after the book has been closed. ... Lee's poems are sharp, spare, and economic, without missing out on the important details." Deborah Tyler-Bennett    

"...Enigmatic, [these poems] represent the world we live in and aspects of it we may not be aware of.... They are uncomfortable; they articulate the world of rejection, of cold detachment. Often their starkness is disturbing... These are poems that do not ask you to come and enjoy them but, rather, to come prepared." Huw Watkins

 "The attractive-destructive glitter of the music business illumines many of these poems. They are narratives of the modern world -- allusive, razor-edged and darkly perceptive." Helena Nelson

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£7.00

 
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For more details go to http://teamleepoetry.wordpress.com  or contact the author for a signed copy - teamlee@ntlworld.com 


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Cuatro Poetas - translations of Ferderico Garciá Lorca, Antonio Machado, Pablo Neruda & Jorge Guillén

Cuatro Poetas [translations by Albert Rowe of poems by Ferderico Garciá Lorca, Antonio Machado, Pablo Neruda & Jorge Guillén]  

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£14.00      

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Albert Rowe : Carmen at the Fountain

Albert Rowe: Carmen at the Fountain     "Warm and wise, acutely observed and accessible, as inclusive as they are intelligent, Albert Rowe's poems are a 'must' for all poetry lovers..." Frank Ruhrmund: The St. Ives Times & Echo       

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£7.00

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Idris Caffrey : selected poems

selected poems: Idris Caffrey   "... craftsmanship, the ingenuity, sensitivity and the depth makes reading his work a profound experience." Mike Bannister: Links     

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Now sadly out of print. Sorry!


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Don Ammons : Andetsteds

Don Ammons: Andetsteds     '...an easy-to-read 71 pages of poems, well-turned out-in-the-open simple but skilled memories... short poems occasionally like small jewels... all combine in smooth sequence to make this an attractive collection.'  Eric Ratcliffe: NHI Review 

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 £6.00

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Alice Lenkiewicz : Men Hate Blondes

 'Men Hate Blondes' by Alice Lenkiewicz  Her first collection of poems and drawings ISBN 978-0-9562433-4-8  Now out of print. But this is what reviewers said...

'Alice’s inaugural collection exposes a voice that is questioning yet confident and unafraid. It is a voice that invites readers into a world influenced by occult and angels, which juxtaposes reality with imagination and peppers clubbing scenes with philosophy. It explores the psychology of self within a confusing universe of other existences.... The collection is full of quips such as ‘a promise demands your face’. There are no words wasted throughout. All in all, this is a multidimensional, multimedia collection. It’s a journey of karma, an impressive first collection, a distinct voice in a distinctive cover.'  Carol Thistlethwaite: Black Market Review

'Alice Lenkiewicz's inaugural collection of poems, Men Hate Blondes, is  a tight exploration of the political as seen through the personal. Her frequent line enjambments, startling images and sometimes deceptively nonsensical-seeming word combinations will make this book a challenge for some readers, but what makes these poems worth reading is the author's refreshing trust in her audience, that they do not need to be led by the hand.'   Joanne Merriam

'Alice Lenkiewicz, a modern alchemist, effects the transmutation of lived experience via the intimate crucible of her rare, poetic imagination – informed by an artist's visual sensibility. '  A C Evans

'Men Hate Blondes is a kind of poetic bildungsroman, it offers up its insights in a savvy use of montage, dreamscapes, cityscapes and fantasias all matched with Lenkiewicz's dispassionate itinerant observation; this is a refreshing, developing new voice testing out its boundaries in a world still forming and reforming around us.'  Chris Hamilton Emery

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Brian Daldorph : Jail Time

Jail Time:  Brian Daldorph       "What these poems do provide is something akin to dispatches from a nearby place we are far too conditioned to see as a foreign country. If we pay attention to Brian’s poems we may discover the inhabitants of that place are not so alien as we imagined. The distance is really not that great." Mike Caron, Programs Supervisor, Douglas County Jail           to view pages from this collection  click here
£8.00  (price for UK only)

or contact the author for a signed copy - briandal@ku.edu         


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Chris Hardy : A Moment of Attention

A Moment of Attention: Chris Hardy  £8.00  

"Chris Hardy's poetry is, by turns, restrained and exuberant, suggesting a delight in the power of words that is quite charming. In this collection he roams far and wide, but the unifying quality of the work is the unflinching eye with which he regards his subjects." Jeremy Page                     

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Copies available now only from the author - chrishardy303@hotmail.com

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Colin Shaddick : Isn't Sex Noisy

Isn't Sex Noisy: songs & poems by Colin Shaddick  "... part of an eccentric slice of the British way of life" BBC Radio 4              

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£8.00  

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For more details go to www.inclusifolk.com  or contact the author for a signed copy - colin.shaddick@btinternet.com    Recommended by The Eccentric Club 


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Chrissy Banks : Days of Fire and Flood

Chrissy Banks: Days of Fire and Flood  £8.95  

'... can touch a nerve without resorting to verbosity or pretence.' Stuart Paterson: Spectrum      

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Copies available now only from the author  - chris@doverhay.fsnet.co.uk Sorry! All sold out.

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James Turner : Forgeries

James Turner: Forgeries      "A gentler tone than Larkin, but with his and Hardy's skill in rhyme and form. These poems have you coming back for more." Anne Born   

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£7.00 

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Helen Buckingham: water on the moon

"Helen Buckingham is one of those great haiku/senryu writers whose work invites us to revisit it again and again. I highly recommend Water on the Moon; it should be in every poet's library." - Pamela A. Babusci

 "Like the best wordsmiths, Helen Buckingham possesses what seems to be a wholly natural talent for translating the modern world and contemporary living, often in their minutest detail into exquisite poetry. It is a faculty that is, perhaps, more of an asset to a writer of haiku and its related forms than any other poet or artist - the finest haiku relies on its abilty to appear as simple as steam rising from a cup of coffee. What's most striking about Helen Buckingham's poetry is its immediacy and proximity - each breath of poetry seems to exist within the moment of its making." - Liam Wilkinson

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ISBN 978-0-9562433-5-5           £8.00   

the author, Helen Buckingham - hb007e6063@blueyonder.co.uk - now has the only copies available.


Paul Davidson : UNDERLAND

Paul Davidson: UNDERLAND    ".... Davidson the poet, spellmaker, cartographer." Roselle Angwin      

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£7.00 

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Paul Sutton : Broadsheet Asphyxia

Paul Sutton: Broadsheet Asphyxia  £7.00  

"Paul Sutton's Broadsheet Asphyxia is the random jottings taken down from stream of consciousness by a latter-day Rimbaud. In more contemporary British terms, Sutton is one of poetry's recusants...." William Oxley: Orbis 128   

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Copies available now only from the author - pdsutton@tesco.net

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Siobhan Logan : Firebridge to Skyshore

Firebridge to Skyshore: A Northern Lights Journey: Siobhan Logan     

’....weaving science, folk myth and daily lives under the Northern Lights, Firebridge to Skyshore builds a language out of colour, taking us beyond the glittering cold of the landscapes into their heart.’ D.A. Prince    

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£8.00    (price for UK only)

or contact the author - siobhan.logan1@ntlworld.com - for a signed copy .  More details available on Siobhan's website - www.siobhanlogan.co.uk

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R G Bishop - 2 collections

I'll Try To Be Good:  R G Bishop       "...never wastes a word. His imagery is rich but uncluttered, his management of rhyme and rhythm subtle. He can work within the poetic tradition yet mint new coinage in today's world of chemotherapy and holes in the Ozone layer. Above all else he readily tackles the great themes of love, God and death with the ambiguity they deserve..." Gloria B Yates      

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 R G Bishop: Other Moments II     "There is a pared-down spareness and succinctness to R G Bishop's poems that is most attractive." Harry Chambers: Peterloo Poets   


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Richard Wonnacott : Eeeny, Minnie, Molly

Richard Wonnacott: Eeeny, Minnie, Molly     'Admirably experimental...' The Frogmore Papers  

'Thoroughly recommended.'  Terrible Work    

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£6.00 

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Sandra Tappenden : Bags of Mostly Water

Sandra Tappenden: Bags of Mostly Water     'There is a range here, in these poems, which let you get inside them quickly and then keep hold of you. Nothing bores, little repeats, invention rolls. Great stuff.' Peter Finch       

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£7.00 

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