Browsing the poetry shelves in a local second-hand book shop yesterday, I came across this piece of poetry history:
by Adrian Mitchell
(Cape Goliard, 1968)
Pop art on inside cover
Bizarrely, the bookshop is opposite Leicester’s Knighton Public Library where I heard some of Mitchell’s poetry read at an arts week event, recently. It’s been a pub copy (from the days of Poetry & Jazz, I assume), acquired and withdrawn from two universities. It seemed in need of a good home (and some spinal surgery) so I was happy to part with £7.50.
From poetry past to poetry future:
Poem from a Bus Shelter
written by Claire Shaw
or graphic poetry?
Louise Shaw is also the cover illustrator of the current issue of The Interpreter’s House magazine:
She came to Wednesday’s TIH launch at Five Leaves bookshop in Nottingham and spoke a little about the Arts Council-funded project. You can read about Seeing Poetry here and read Claire Shaw’s poem here. I couldn’t resist buying a copy. I certainly think it will engage younger readers. Is this the shape of poetry future? I’d love to know your views via the comments box below.
It’s been a really busy time on the pamphlet front: I’ve enjoyed the editing process and I’ve learned so much from working with Davina Prince to ensure that my poems are as good as they possibly can be. We’ve both worked closely with Karin Koller through several typeset drafts in recent weeks; the final draft is probably winging its way through the ether to my inbox as I type.
Choosing a title has been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make and I went right up to the wire on this. It’s not the working title I’ve become accustomed to using, and reading on successive drafts. Neither is there a title poem in my collection. It is a pamphlet title which, I hope, offers a challenge to the reader.
I was awake and feeling excited before the alarm went off, this morning: having chosen the Pantone colours for the cover and endpapers, I was thrilled to see that they looked just as I’d envisaged them, fresh from the printer on the card and paper we’re using. In around ten days time, I hope to be holding a proof copy – I can hardly wait!
I’m keeping this post as short as possible, with the promise of more details very soon (including the answer to the questions you’ve all been asking: What’s the title? When’s the launch?). In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you via the comments box below.