Playful, formal, satirical and tender, the poems in The Fabulanarchist Luxury Uprising are wildly wide-ranging. Jack Houston whisks the reader through meditations on family life, the teachings of Lucretius, the sexual potential of Captain Barnacles, and dreams of a socialist utopia, managing to be both deeply weird and touching. In this debut pamphlet, Houston draws out and scrutinises the mundanities of life, showing how they can form part of something much bigger.
Page count: 36 | Publication date: 7 April 2022 | Paperback ISBN: 9781912915965
Jon Stone’s Sandsnarl is a settlement steeped in sand – though where it came from and how long ago is a matter of tall tales and steely whispers. The sand itself makes accurate record-keeping impossible. It is drug, ore, plague and delicacy. The inhabitants of this region (or is it a fallen kingdom?) talk and think through its haze. Some alter their shape, as if shaved by it. Others seethe, resisting its rattle and buzz. Drawing on Borges, Calvino and other playful texts, these poems eavesdrop, extract, sift. Together, they make up a brief impression of time and place, a Buñuelian musical without the music.
Page count: 36 | Publication date: 2 Sep 2021 | Paperback ISBN 9781912915798
Sascha Aurora Akhtar’s poems in The Whimsy of Dank Ju-Ju revel in the richness and possibilities of language and liminal space. Colours, tastes, textures, scents and moods are smashed together with great energy, dragging the reader into a shimmering world of magic, heat… and whimsy.
“I love a poet who loves language and Sascha Aurora Akhtar most certainly does. Each line of her poetry is a journey into the unknown as she manoeuvres her way around words and rearranges them into new verbal experiences of fascination and delight.” Geraldine Monk
Page count: 36 | Publication date: 14 Sep 2019 | Paperback ISBN: 9781912915279