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Mother Night

Mother Night

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‘…a constellation of sensations and experiences. This chapbook announces the arrival of an immensely gifted poet.’ – Eduardo C. Corral

 

Mother Night is a hallucinogenic journey across a city with too many alleyways and across a life surviving childhood sexual assault. Forming a nocturnal séance, Serge ♆ Neptune resurrects abusive old lovers and ghosts of the queers of the past – conjures men in cars and men in bedrooms – providing them invitation and shelter, or casting them to stormy waves.

 

In a book of many types of darkness – across poems of vulnerability and harm – what persists in Mother Night is its celebration of resilience, what shines brightest is the many ways it reaches for the light.

 

Cover Image © Kremena Chipilova, ‘Lost in Reverie’.

 

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Page count: 36

Publication date: 13 June 2024

Paperback ISBN: 9781915628282

 

Stock allowing, your package will include our latest risoprint zine, ‘The Emma Press Post’, which features poems and illustrations from the titles our catalogue, plus original drawings.

Serge ♆ Neptune

Serge ♆ Neptune has been called ‘the little merman of British poetry’. He is a Faber Academy alumnus and a queer neuro-divergent poet based in London. His first pamphlet, These Queer Merboys, was published with Broken Sleep (2020). His work was longlisted in the National Poetry Competition and the Winchester Poetry Competition. Several poems have appeared in The North, Propel, The Rialto, Banshee, Magma, Fourteen Poems, and elsewhere. Author image credit: Sofia Falconi

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Mother Night is a hallucinogenic journey across a city with too many alleyways and across a life surviving childhood sexual assault. Forming a nocturnal séance, Serge ♆ Neptune resurrects abusive old lovers and ghosts of the queers of the past – conjures men in cars and men in bedrooms – providing them invitation and shelter, or casting them to stormy waves.

In a book of many types of darkness – across poems of vulnerability and harm – what persists in Mother Night is its celebration of resilience, what shines brightest is the many ways it reaches for the light.

Praise for Mother Night

‘Holding their spaces open to the unruly, the poems of Mother Night form wryly tender receptacles of the raw, queer experience. Beginning in adversity and challenge, as pills perform a “rose-gold attempt/ to ease/ a sledge-hammer thought”, we are led backwards down through layers of lovers, and predators, to the seven-year-old place where life ends, and then must restart. Creating a language to explore the long aftermath of childhood sexual abuse, Serge Neptune’s courageous, crucial work is also a song of healing and self-reclamation’ – Alice Hiller

‘Serge Neptune’s nocturnes and lyrics are audacious, undeniable, and striking. What has scarred the flesh, what has charged the flesh pulses in these poems. The language itself is visceral, deftly wrought. In Mother Night, the body is a constellation of sensations and experiences. This chapbook announces the arrival of an immensely gifted poet.’ – Eduardo C. Corral

Additional information

Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × .5 cm
Format

Pamphlet, eBook

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