is, thinks Pearl is a poetry pamphlet by Julia Bird. Step into Pearl’s world and take a tour around her faded seaside town, past the graffiti walls, bus stops and the old mattress factory. Except – with Pearl as our guide – the colours suddenly pop and every tiny detail becomes rich with interest. From the lido to the hair salon, to the Christmas shop in June, the ordinary becomes magical and every bit of wildness, weirdness and tattiness is whisked into the foreground. Follow the alter ego of the poet, a character who observes the minutiae around her and whose thoughts are a pleasure to follow as she rollicks around, making her way through a townscape similar but not identical to the too-small-to-be-cities of poet Julia Bird’s 70s & 80s childhood.
Page count: 36 | Publication date: 4 November 2021 | Paperback ISBN: 9781912915873
The Fabulanarchist Luxury Uprising is a poetry pamphlet by Jack Houston. Playful, formal, satirical and tender, these poems are wildly wide-ranging. 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. Drawing out and scrutinising the mundanities of life, he shows how they can form part of something much bigger. His poems aim to awaken the capacity for revolution within us all, even if it only gets us as far as the roundabout in the local playpark.
Page count: 36 | Publication date: 07 April 2022 | Paperback ISBN 9781912915965
Ikhda by Ikhda is a poetry pamphlet by Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul. Characters and landscapes leap off every page and the poems pulse with a visceral humanity as Maharsi glories in the possibilities of language and life. Reading this book is like being splashed with freezing water and showered with popping candy and wild roses – surprising, refreshing and bewildering, and something you won’t forget in a hurry.
Page count: 36 | Publication date: 27 March 2014 | Paperback ISBN: 9780957459663