The Other Side of Sleep

Arachne’s first Poetry Anthology!

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ISBN: 978-1-909208-18-6

160 pages

Territories: World English Language

Featuring 25 poems which break the rules – starting with the no-more-than-40-lines rule. If you’ve ever considered putting a poem in for a competition or an anthology, you know what we are talking about.

These poems are long.

They take their time.

They tell a story, sometimes in a straightforward purposeful way, sometimes in a roundabout oblique way, but somewhere there is a thread of narrative woven through.

Long, narrative, but by no means traditional poems, by contemporary voices.

Final Cover Design for The Other Side of Sleep. Copyright Zoe Lee

Final Cover Design for The Other Side of Sleep. Copyright Zoe Lee

What started as a complaint about the ‘40-line rule’ in much of the poetry world has turned into an anthology that not only breaks that rule, but stomps all over it.

Themes both great and small are explored in narrative poems that pack a punch. Human interactions from conversation, storytelling, lending and borrowing, theft, prayer, memory, shopping and a long walk, right through to sexuality, time travel, truce negotiations, disappearance, natural disaster, violence and death are all explored, many of them rooted in landscape and place. These lie alongside equally rooted mythological and historical tales drawn from Greece, Turkey, Africa, Scandinavia and Britain.

What draws all these themes together is the strength of the storytelling. Emotions as diverse as frustration, disappointment, embarrassment, hope, nostalgia, anger, and fear are channelled through spectacular poetry in many different forms into truly satisfying work.

A narrative invasion of your brain like thistleseed across northern borders or bees through sleep . A strong freshening wind trembling out of long forgotten valleys and across the face of anyone sitting outside their cave, crosslegged, paying attention. They are fables made flesh, a barrage of artistic light that breaks surface with an oily sheen. Have faith, reader. Enter this book. It is a garden gate swung wide open.

George Wallace
Writer in Residence 2011-12, Walt Whitman Birthplace
West Hills, LI NY

The Poets:
Adrienne Silcock
Alwyn Marriage
Andrew McCallum
Angela France
Anne Macaulay
Bernie Howley
Brian Johnstone
Carl Griffin
Cathy Bryant
Elinor Brooks
Emma Lee
Geraldine Green
Inua Ellams
Jennifer A. McGowan
Jeremy Dixon
Jill Sharp
Judi Sutherland
Kate Foley
Math Jones
p.a. morbid
Robin Winckel-Mellish
Sam Small
Sarah Lawson
Simon Brod

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