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The Emma Press


The Human Heart: Poetry Pamphlet Bundle 2

The Human Heart: Poetry Pamphlet Bundle 2


Friendship, film, family, grief: a bundle spanning the playful to the tender, celebrating the myriad of ways we make meaning and re-make ourselves through our connections with others.


Featuring is, thinks Pearl by Julie Bird, Overlap by Valerie Bence, and With Others In Your Absence by Zosia Kuczyńska, packaged up with a copy of our latest zine.

The Emma Press

The Emma Press is an independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. We are trying to make publishing and literature as welcoming and accessible as possible.


Zosia Kuczyńska’s With others in your absence tells the story of a return to the living, travelling out of the acuteness of grief into new ways of being towards others. Moving forwards and occasionally backwards in time, it celebrates the platonic relationships through which the speaker learns to readjust to a world made strange following the loss of a parent.

Page count: 36 | Publication date: 31 July 2021 | Paperback ISBN: 9781912915835

is, thinks Pearl follows the poet’s alter ego as she rollicks around, making her way through a townscape similar but not identical to the too-small-to-be-cities of Julia Bird’s 70s & 80s childhood.

Page count: 36 | Publication date: 4 Nov 2021 | Paperback ISBN 9781912915873

Valerie Bence’s Overlap is a testament to ordinary lives, and a meditation on grandmothers. Part memoir, part family history, Overlap is a series of vivid vignettes from the poet’s childhood, courtship, motherhood and grandmotherhood, spanning the 20th and 21st centuries.

Page count: 36 | Publication date: 27 January 2022 | Paperback ISBN: 9781912915941

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