National Poetry Day 2019 – Truth

It’s National Poetry Day, and the theme this year is Truth.

To celebrate, here is a poem from Jane Aldous’s  debut poetry collection, Let Out the Djinn,  which is (let) out next week, on 10th October 2019.

 

How it was

Parcelled up in waistcoat and gun belt,
I killed every adult at point blank range.

I wandered out in sea-fog and kissed
a girl in a concrete shelter.

I searched the Bible and dictionaries
for someone like me.

With acne raging I bought chocolates
for the groundkeeper’s daughter.

I wrote to Woman’s Own.
Miss Crocker, the Chemistry teacher

played cricket for England, wore black leathers
and rode a 1500cc but for a while,

my heart belonged to Mrs Dunball
our English teacher.

I wondered if Miss Crocker and Miss Mulvaney
lived together and if they did, did anyone mind?

One day I told the groundkeeper’s daughter
I loved her and she said don’t be silly.

After that I kissed girls in draughty flats, cars,
and on sticky dance floors.

I read The Well of Loneliness as a rite of passage.
I had words for who I was and didn’t like them.

I didn’t like the poisonous letter, being sent
for a healing, or reading Miss A loves Miss D

chalked on the blackboard, or my mother shouting
It’s all about bed isn’t it! or Clause 28.

I never wanted a name to describe myself,
never wanted to feel: less than, unentitled.

And now looking back, my ghosts seem like
standing stones, silent crows,

they’ve done their worst, they’re only stories
now.

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Join us at the launch, with readings and cake, at Lighthouse bookshop in Edinburgh at 5pm on the 12th October.

Happy National Poetry Day 2018!

To celebrate National Poetry Day, here are some more poems from the Vindication Launch on September 26th.

(you can buy the book direct from us, or from your favourite bookshop

Carrie Cohen reading Sarah Lawson‘s Driving up to Renfrew

 

Anne Macaulay reading the title poem, Vindication

 

Carrie Cohen reading Sarah JamesWaking Woman

 

Elinor Brooks reads Consulto et Audacter

 

Adrienne Silcock reads Bees

National Poetry Day: special Announcements – planned books

Hello poetry lovers.

To celebrate National Poetry Day we have a special offer, some events and an announcement or three.

For today only our anthology of long narrative poems  The Other Side of Sleep is on offer at £5 (reduced from £9.99) if bought direct from us online

If you are at Free Verse Poetry Book Fair on Saturday at Conway Hall come and say hello – we have a stall, and are reading at 4.30 in the Garden Cafe on Red Lion Square (Lisa Kelly, Math Jones, Sarah James and Jeremy Dixon)

or the BBC’s Strong Language Festival in Hull (drop by the pop up poetry bookshop today through to Sunday)

You can get a copy of TOSOS for £5 if bought with another Arachne Press Poetry Book at either event.

Looking forward, we have been inviting people whose work we have published in anthologies like TOSOS, to send us their collections.

Quite a few people have, and at the moment we have agreement, in principle, to publish the following

2018

Kate Foley A Gift of Rivers (definite, April)

 

Cathy Bryant The Colour of Not Knowing

2019

Math Jones

The Knotsman

Jeremy Dixon In Retail

We are still toying with the idea of what I think of as a ‘short fat anthology’ – maximum of 5 poets, multiple poems from each – this is aimed at emerging poet who haven’t got enough work for a collection yet – so exciting new voices on the cusp of greatness!