In the Poetry Bundle
how the first sparks became visible (2020), poems by Simone Atangana Bekono. These poems are vivid and arresting, with the feeling of letters or diary entries. In nine breath-taking streams of consciousness, the poet explores race, gender and sexuality in a voice that is both confident and innovative.
“My silhouette opened her mouth and said
‘I exist because your body exists
Cronus devouring his children
as bloodthirsty as Goya painted him
a body become unrecognisable
greedy and chaotic
not rooted in the earth’”
Page count: 36 | Publication date: 21st January 2021 | Paperback ISBN: 9781912915552
Wain: LGBT reimaginings of Scottish folktales (2019), poems by Rachel Plummer, illustrations by Helene Boppert. Wain is a collection of LGBT themed poetry for teens based on retellings of Scottish myths. The collection contains stories about kelpies, selkies, and the Loch Ness Monster, alongside perhaps lesser-known mythical people and creatures, such as wulvers, Ghillie Dhu, and the Cat Sìth. These poems immerse readers in an enriching, diverse and enchanting vision of contemporary life.
“When I was a boy
the Wulver brought me fish –
a wet bouquet of them
at my window, scales gem
bright in the wooden dish,
gleaming. Ornate as koi.”
Page count: 88 | Print ISBN: 9781910139479 | Publication date: 28th February 2019
Meat Songs (2017), poems by Jack Nicholls, illustrations by Mark Andrew Webber. The voices of humans and animals, living and dead, clamour for the reader’s attention in Meat Songs. Headlice roam their strange habitat, a severed pig’s head questions an undergraduate’s choices, and packaged meat products are ignoring the future.
“This piece will cost you eleven hundred dollars. I will go to any private place you choose and lie shirtless on the floor. Five hundred ants will walk in formation across my body. I will be the ground for them – me, my body, the flesh with my brain in it. You will be responsible for directing the ants towards me and I do not take responsibility for the ants if you find their movements unsatisfying. They are ants.”
Page count: 36 | Publication date: 16th March 2017 | Paperback ISBN: 9781910139622