NWE Launch Reading: John Gallas and Belinda Rimmer, 18 November, 7pm, online

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New pamphlets published: John Gallas and Belinda Rimmer

We are delighted to announce the publication of these two very different pamphlets. Orders can be made HERE. Please also note that we will be launching the pamphlets at 7pm UK time, online, on Thursday 18 November. You can sign up HERE. Further information about the pamphlets is below.

Belinda Rimmer, Holding On

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These poems all concern themselves, in one way or another, with female experience. Precise evocations of significant moments from the poet’s life in various settings – kitchen, classroom, nightclub, riverbank, hospital ward – are complemented and enhanced by fulsome tributes to the lives and achievements of creative women who have inspired her. The pamphlet not only bears eloquent witness to the challenges of living as a woman, and as a girl, in an often hostile world; it also explores the processes of memory and imagination by which such challenges are endured and understood.

“Take the reader inside the lives of the damaged but defiant: her female protagonists bear the scars of their struggles and insist on their right to self-determination. Whether dancing partnerless in a 1970s disco in Swindon, straining against the restrictions of bourgeois marriage, or coping with mental illness, these girls and women are often ‘alone but not lonely’, finding inner freedom in a world that otherwise hems them in.”
David Clarke

John Gallas, Aotearoa/Angleland: 40+40 Tankas

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A life, a heart, a soul – and a book – divided. Happily divided. In this pamphlet, John Gallas wanders the corners of his two homelands: Aotearoa and England. The heart doesn’t bleed, the soul doesn’t yearn to be one, and Life can always get on a plane.

“Only the form is consistent: other things vary – the language, for example (snatches of Latin and Spanish, and five whole lines in Esperanto), the settings, the mood (brisk, tender, romantic, demotic, inconsequential), the personnel (Bev in Aotearoa is enjoined to round the sheep up, and why is that owl standing on a station platform in Angleland with a paper bag on its head?) His restless imagination and exuberant vocabulary bounce us through a variety of locations, moods, landscapes and seasons, from the bush-clad South Island of New Zealand to some distinctly unpredictable spots in the English Midlands.”
Fleur Adcock

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New pamphlets by William Wootten and Lisa Kelly!

These pamphlets will be launched online on 4 May, 7pm UK time. Sign up here!

  • Lisa Kelly, From the IKEA Back Catalogue

These poems are preoccupied with how IKEA, as a global corporation, uses language and marketing terms to create iconic products that will find their way into our homes and are part of a disposable culture opposed to a more sustainable way of living. When the language is freed from its corporate mould and the explicit aim to sell, other worlds and stories suggest themselves. The poems attempt to resist the orbit of the corporation and its intent to subsume language into currency and profit.

“Wandering the claustrophobic and endless aisles of IKEA, Lisa’s imagination delves into language and draws on inspiration from the likes of William Carlos Williams and Anton Chekov.” Briony Bax

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  • William Wootten, Looking at the Horsemen

The poems in this pamphlet range across settings, subjects and eras: from Christ at the workbench, to rats on a plague ship, to life on a far planet. They may darkly reimagine fictional ideals – whether of shepherds or superheroes – or give elaborate shape to uncomfortable truths. Still, the poems’ most persistent preoccupation is time. They can look forward from the past, or back from the future, or simply catch the moment the season turns.

“There is nothing, one feels, this poet could not have language do.”
Jonathan Edwards

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15 September, 7pm (UK): New Walk Editions online reading – with Alan Jenkins, Linda Stern Zisquit and Declan Ryan

Please join us at 7pm (UK time) on 15 September for a New Walk Editions reading with three of our wonderful pamphlet poets. 

Registration is required, and space is limited. Please register here. Registration is only £2.

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Alan Jenkins‘s collections of poetry include Harm, The Drift and A Shorter Life (all with Chatto & Windus) and Revenants, published by Clutag Press. His New Walk Editions pamphlet, Tidemarks, was published in 2018. He has served as long-time Deputy Editor and Poetry Editor of the TLS, and was Writer in Residence at St John’s College, University of Cambridge from 2015-18. His many poetry awards include a Forward Prize, a Cholmondeley Award, a shortlisting for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and a Poetry book Society Choice.

Linda Stern Zisquit has published five collections, most recently Return from Elsewhere and Havoc: New & Selected Poems. Her translations from Hebrew include Wild Light: Selected Poems of Yona Wallach and These Mountains: Selected Poems of Rivka Miriam. Her New Walk Editions pamphlet, From the Notebooks of Korah’s Daughter, was published in 2019. For many years she has been Poetry Coordinator and Associate Professor in the Bar Ilan MA in Creative Writing Program. Born in Buffalo, NY, she lives in Jerusalem.

Declan Ryan was born in County Mayo, Ireland, and has lived mainly in London. He was published in the Faber New Poets series in 2014, and his New Walk Editions pamphlet, Fighters, Losers, was published in 2019. His work has appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, Poetry (US), Poetry Ireland and the New Statesman, among others.

There will be a Q&A session after the reading, during which you’ll be welcome to ask questions.

Thank you for your support. We hope you enjoy the reading. Please register here. The event is scheduled to lat one hour.

You can order any of our pamphlets here.

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New pamphlets by Kate Bingham & N. S. Thompson!

We are delighted to announce the publication of Kate Bingham’s Archway Sonnets and N. S. Thompson’s After War. They are available to order now, in advance of their online launch on 13 August. Please visit our shop to make an order. Subscribers’ copies will be sent out very soon!

Register for the launch reading here.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the reading. At the event, you will be able to ask questions, and there will be a Q&A following the readings. Run time is expected to be one hour.

About the poets and pamphlets:

N. S. Thompson is a poet, critic and translator of Italian fiction. He has worked as a gardener and museum curator in Italy and an academic and creative writing tutor in Oxford. With Andy Croft he edited A Modern Don Juan: Cantos for These Times by Divers Hands (Five Leaves) and his poetry publications include Letter to Auden (Smokestack Books) and Mr Larkin on Photography (Red Squirrel). His translations of Italian poetry can be found in The Faber Book of 20th Century Italian PoemsEugenio Montale: Poems (Penguin) and Centres of Cataclysm: Fifty Years of Modern Poetry in Translation (Bloodaxe).

Several of the poems in After War are direct autobiographical reminiscences of childhood landscapes studded with reminders of war and depictions of postwar reconstruction. Others present snapshots of America and Italy directly after the Second World War. All speak, one way or another, to the world in which we find ourselves now.

‘Elegant and thoughtful. The poems are distilled and forceful.’ Rachel Hadas

Kate Bingham is the author of two novels, several screenplays and three collections of poetry. Quicksand Beach was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2006, and in 2010 ‘On Highgate Hill’ was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Her third collection is Infragreen (Seren, 2015). Archway Sonnets is her first pamphlet.

Set in one of London’s least celebrated districts, and guided by John Clare’s sustained close-up attention to place, these urban and domestic nature poems are miniatures from the early days of a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene, a time of reckoning and constraint. They live within their means, as we all must, seeking to reduce, reuse and recycle the world as they find it. Each sonnet is an experiment in adaptation, an attunement to form.

‘These sonnets – which have shuttled me between grief and joy – make one grateful to be alive.’ Kathryn Maris

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August 13, 7pm: online launch for new pamphlets by Kate Bingham and N. S. Thompson

Please join us at 7pm (UK time) on 13 August for the online launch of two new NEW WALK EDITIONS pamphlets:

Kate Bingham’s Archway Sonnets and N. S. Thompson’s After War.

Information about joining is below. There is a very small registration fee of £2. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. 

These are hard times for very small presses. We know we are not alone in this regard, and we greatly appreciate your support. Without it, we could not survive.

Register in advance for this reading:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_07ETZQo6Q0y6cxYwQ2dh2w

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the reading. At the event, you will be able to ask questions, and there will be a Q&A following the readings. Run time is expected to be one hour.

About the poets and pamphlets:

N. S. Thompson is a poet, critic and translator of Italian fiction. He has worked as a gardener and museum curator in Italy and an academic and creative writing tutor in Oxford. With Andy Croft he edited A Modern Don Juan: Cantos for These Times by Divers Hands (Five Leaves) and his poetry publications include Letter to Auden (Smokestack Books) and Mr Larkin on Photography (Red Squirrel). His translations of Italian poetry can be found in The Faber Book of 20th Century Italian PoemsEugenio Montale: Poems (Penguin) and Centres of Cataclysm: Fifty Years of Modern Poetry in Translation (Bloodaxe).

Several of the poems in After War are direct autobiographical reminiscences of childhood landscapes studded with reminders of war and depictions of postwar reconstruction. Others present snapshots of America and Italy directly after the Second World War. All speak, one way or another, to the world in which we find ourselves now.

‘Elegant and thoughtful. The poems are distilled and forceful.’ Rachel Hadas

Kate Bingham is the author of two novels, several screenplays and three collections of poetry. Quicksand Beach was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2006, and in 2010 ‘On Highgate Hill’ was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Her third collection is Infragreen (Seren, 2015). Archway Sonnets is her first pamphlet.

Set in one of London’s least celebrated districts, and guided by John Clare’s sustained close-up attention to place, these urban and domestic nature poems are miniatures from the early days of a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene, a time of reckoning and constraint. They live within their means, as we all must, seeking to reduce, reuse and recycle the world as they find it. Each sonnet is an experiment in adaptation, an attunement to form.

‘These sonnets – which have shuttled me between grief and joy – make one grateful to be alive.’ Kathryn Maris

The pamphlets will be on sale in our online shop from launch day onwards.

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New pamphlets by Steve Ely and John Greening

We are proud to publish two new pamphlets, which you can order here:

Steve Ely, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heauen

This sequence is about falling and fallen-ness, thrown-ness and being thrown. It is about love and betrayal, altruism and self-absorption.

‘These poems are blistering in their honesty [and] thread together a new perspective on fatherhood, masculinity, redemption and guilt’ (Kim Moore)

John Greening, Europa’s Flight

These fifteen sonnets, illustrated by the poet’s daughter Rosie Greening, began on a flight to Crete, as an exploration of the island’s mythology. He quickly found the myths were taking the poem where it hadn’t been scheduled to go – into oblique commentary on Brexit.

‘Greening fills his crown of sonnets with astounding combinations and varieties
of subject. He confronts borders and that which cannot be confined by
borders’ (Martyn Crucefix)

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Steve Ely & John Greening New Walk Editions launch event, 29 November!

Greening and Ely Leicester launch poster

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New pamphlets – Declan Ryan and Linda Stern Zisquit

We are pleased to announce the publication of our two new pamphlets:

From the Notebooks of Korah’s Daughter
by Linda Stern Zisquit
Fighters, Losers by Declan Ryan.

Get your copies here!

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Linda Stern Zisquit has published five full-length poetry collections, most recently
Return from Elsewhere (co-winner of the Outriders Poetry Project, Buffalo, NY, 2014), and Havoc: New & Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, New York, 2013). Her
translations from Hebrew poetry include Wild Light: Selected Poems of Yona Wallach (Sheep Meadow Press, 1997; expanded 2006), for which she won an NEA translation grant and was shortlisted for the PEN Translation Award, and These Mountains:
Selected Poems of Rivka Miriam (Toby Press, 2009). Born in Buffalo, New York, she has lived in Israel since 1978, where for many years she was Poetry Coordinator for the
Creative Writing programme at Bar Ilan University. She founded and runs Artspace, a gallery in Jerusalem representing local artists.

Inhabiting a landscape that is at once Biblical and contemporary, the speaker of Linda Stern Zisquit’s ecstatic sequence is the imagined daughter of Korah who rebelled against Moses and Aaron and who, together with his sons and followers, was swallowed up by the earth [Numbers 16: 1-33]. According to legend, Korah’s sons repented and became psalmists, singers on the highest rung of the underworld. No daughter of Korah appears in the traditional sources.

The series was begun in the summer of 2014 during a child’s cancer treatment and as war raged in Israel and Palestine. These ‘psalmwork’ poems are associative responses to the psalms, engaging the sacred and profane and weaving together strands of personal and national trauma.

‘Sin and holiness meet in the voice of Korah’s imaginary daughter, where transgression yields language at once turbulent and serene, delicate, musical, formally unbreakable. Zisquit is passionate and experimental; this is her boldest work.’
Alicia Ostriker

‘Keenly attuned to biblical lore and song, Linda Zisquit – alias Korah’s daughter – steals across sacral and profane worlds ‘with an eight-stringed heart’, courting danger, seeking wholeness.’
Gabriel Levin

‘Zisquit’s Psalms are passionate, hectic, sacrilegious. In a surrealist lyricism deeply coded by the Hebrew Bible, they blend erotic longing, sorrow for family illness, guilt, and grief for her country. A distinctive voice.’
Rosanna Warren

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Declan Ryan was born in Mayo, Ireland and lives in London. His debut pamphlet was published in the Faber New Poets series in 2014. His reviews and essays on literature and boxing have appeared in the TLS, New Statesman, Boxing News, and elsewhere.

Diego Corrales, Arturo Gatti, Sonny Liston, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson: in a sense, as Jonathan Rendall put it, ‘Only the names change’. In this sequence of
telescoped narratives we meet boxers who are – or were – godlike, seemingly unstoppable, ready to shake up the world, then often shaken up by it in turn. Somewhere between there and here is an equally brutal form of glory, valour, and all too occasionally a resurrection.

‘A careful and tender collection of poems that tell stories full of heart and fate. Beautiful and moving, each boxer is heard and known again.’
Anna Whitwham

‘Moving through the ages, capturing one fighter after another, Declan Ryan’s beautifully stark poems strip bare the poignant truth of boxing. The names change, and each poem feels so fresh, but the same notes of loss and pain echo again and again. Fighters, Losers is as memorable as all the haunted boxers who stalk these pages.’
Donald McRae

‘When people talk about the poetry of boxing it’s not usually actual poetry they have in mind. Declan Ryan, though, locates the poetry in fighters’ lives, the moments of triumph or despair, the brutal rivalries and strange attachments, the rare glimpses of grace and redemption – and lifts them into brightly lit significance. Ryan moves deftly between registers and sources, with a faultless ear: for the rapidly shifting rhythms of his free-verse lines, for his subjects’ bruised, boastful celebrity, above all for the cadences of defeat, in the short or long term. His laconic, fascinating and often beautiful portraits of Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali or Rocky Marciano bring something new to poetry; whether you’re a fan of the fights or not, these great, sad, broken gladiators will never look the same.’
Alan Jenkins

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New Walk Editions launch with Linda Stern Zisquit and Declan Ryan

Thursday, 23rd May
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham 

Join us for the launch of the two new New Walk Editions pamphlets: Linda Stern Zisquit, From the Notebooks of Korah’s Daughter, and Declan Ryan, Fighters, Losers.

Linda Stern Zisquit has published five collections, most recently Return from Elsewhere and Havoc: New & Selected Poems. Her translations from Hebrew include Wild Light: Selected Poems of Yona Wallach and These Mountains: Selected Poems of Rivka Miriam. For many years she has been Poetry Coordinator and Associate Professor in the Bar Ilan MA in Creative Writing Program. Born in Buffalo, NY, she lives in Jerusalem, Israel where she founded and runs Artspace Gallery.

Declan Ryan was born in County Mayo, Ireland, and has lived mainly in London. His previous pamphlet was published in the Faber New Poets series in 2014. His work has appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, Poetry (US), Poetry Ireland and the New Statesman, among others.

It is an honour to publish these two tremendous pamphlets, and the event is not to be missed. This is Declan’s first publication since his Faber New Poets pamphlet in 2014, and Linda is making a rare visit to these shores from Israel.

The event is free, refreshments are provided, and pamphlets will be available for the first time on the night. Please let Five Leaves Bookshop know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

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