Just a few days to go until the start of The Sealey Challenge, which is to read a book of poetry a day throughout August.
Although the idea of my hammock under the apple tree and a pile of poetry books is very appealing, I don’t think I can actually achieve that while working – not if I’m going to read properly and take in what I am reading with the proper attention – so I’m planning re-reading for some of these slots.
Rather than just randomly pick up poetry books, I am focussing on books by poets we have published at Arachne Press, which have been published elsewhere.
I’ve got 34 (I think!) to choose from, and if you are inspired to join in, here’s a link to our Bookshop.org page where you can buy most of these listed, and the books we have published by these poets, and a handful of others that I don’t actually own (yet) – Where they aren’t listed, it is because they are out of print, not stocked by the wholesaler that Bookshop.org use, or only available from the publisher.
you can buy our poetry books as ebooks, and a handful as audiobooks, on our ebookstore after all, you Sealey Challenge doesn’t HAVE to be in print.
We mostly found these poets through open calls for anthologies, and I’ve grouped them by where we first published them (not always poetry!), or if we have published a collection with them subsequently. Some of these poets were well known at the time we published them, some it was their first outing in print, and every possibility in between.
I’ll be posting about the books daily on Twitter and Instagram, and weekly here.
Here’s the list…
Poets with whom we have published collections
Claire Booker: The Bone that Sang/ Later There Will be Postcards (Arachne Collection: A Pocketful of Chalk)
Ness Owen: Moon Jellyfish can Barely Swim (Arachne Collection: Mamiaith)
First published by us in A470 Poems for the Road/ Cerddi’r Ffordd
Angela Graham: Sanctuary
Christina Thatcher: How to Carry Fire
Kevin Mills: Zeugma
Matthew Smith: Keeper of Aeons
Rae Howells: The Language of Bees
Stephen Payne: The Windmill Proof
First published by us in Departures, and contributed to The Story Sessions (Live literature)
Zoë Brigley: Hand and Skull
First published by us in Lovers’ Lies
Tania Hershman: Terms and Conditions
First published in one of our Solstice Shorts Anthologies
Jenny Mitchell: Her Lost Langauge
Julian Bishop: We Saw It All Happen
Lisa Kelly: The House of the Interpreter
Martyn Crucefix: The Lovely Disciples
Olivia Dawson: Unbottled
Paul Deaton: A Watchful Astronomy
Sarah James: Blood Sugar, Sex, Magic/ Plenty-Fish
First published by us in The Other Side of Sleep
Adrienne Silcock: Of Gardens and Witches
Bob Beagrie: Leásprung
Brian Johnstone: Dry Stone Work
Inua Elams: The Actual…
first published by us in We/She
Elizabeth Stott: The Undoing
First published by us in What Meets the Eye
Raymond Antrobus: The Perserverance
First published by us in Where We Find Ourselves
Alexander Williams: Secular Verses
L. Kiew: More than Weeds
Selina Nwulu: A Little Resurrection
Sundra Lawrence: Warriors