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Kate Monica, Editorial Assistant

 

Waywiser extends a warm welcome to Kate Monica, our new editorial assistant. For more information about her, please click on the photo.

 

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Forthcoming Publications

 

K. M. Ross, The Blinding Walk : a novel

K. M. Ross, The Blinding Walk: a novel

520 pp,  ISBN: 978-1904130-62-8, £17.99 (hardback),
 
Publication, October 9th 2014


“Over all the sweep of the beach that vanished on ahead … I could see it, an unhitched blaze of colours. Move, and it moved. Or he moved – there he was – looking airy, colour-rich, as he broke out through the grass and stood for a moment and loped back again on one of the pathways in the tussock.”
In the aftermath of an unforeseen and tragic turn of events, young Mel Seuchar strides along Longniddry Beach outside Edinburgh, trying to make sense of it all. What really happened? How did it it come to this?He pictures himself and his friend Yehune; he reflects on their flight from New Zealand, the long and eventful journey which took them across Asia all the way to Europe; and he thinks about Mairi, the young woman they met on their travels and then followed to Edinburgh …Still the story refuses to come into focus. Until in a moment of wild insight, the threads connect, the story builds itself again, and the stage is set for an absorbing, bewildering and deeply touching narrative – the narrative of The Blinding Walk.

 

K. M. Ross was born in 1959 in Auckland, New Zealand, and grew up on the North Shore. He attended Rangitoto College, gained a Scholarship and entered the University of Auckland, where he completed a BA in languages. He went on to study for two piano performance diplomas while writing short stories and pursuing his enthusiasm for Italian motorcycles. In 1986 he travelled to Australia and Hong Kong, then overland via the Trans-Siberian Railway to Europe. He settled in Edinburgh, where he earned a living as a private music teacher while he worked on short stories and several novels. His novel Falling Through the Architect was published in 2005.He plays the bagpipes, and reads and speaks Icelandic among other languages.


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Clive Watkins, Already the Flames: poems

Clive Watkins, Already the Flames: poems

136 pp,  ISBN: 978-1904130-72-7, £8.99 (paperback),
 
Publication, October 9th 2014

 

Clive Watkins's powerful second collection is by turns sensuous, sombre, lyrical and discursive. Already the Flames explores the position of those complicit in suffering or compelled to observe it in a world that appears ruled by malice or chance. The early sections are shadowed by the figure of Apollyon, the demon who attacks Bunyan's pilgrim. Hauntings, entrapment and escape are themes that weave in and out. The book moves towards an ambiguous release in the realm of the personal. The collection is remarkable for its formal range: poems, and sequences of poems, in free verse, in prose and in rhymed and unrhymed metres of various kinds. There are also several idiosyncratic and fluent translations. In Already the Flames Clive Watkins fulfils the expectations created by his first Waywiser book, Jigsaw, of 2003.

 

“This is arresting writing, each phrase alert and poised in a world where the tectonic plates have shifted and the surfaces we have to navigate are increasingly uncertain. It is good to be able to cross them in language that has the measure of the risks.” – Roger Garfitt

“Clive Watkins is a sharp observer with a painter’s eye and piquant erudition, leading us both inward and out to where ‘A foreignness begins’. A long sequence like ‘The Angel’ spills the blood of historical and mythical consciousness, while a short poem like ‘Conversation’ nearly contains a novel in its implied drama. There are secret histories, oblique narratives in these poems, incised as much as written, darkly reserved and beautiful.” – David Mason


“Clive Watkins’s second book of poems is a profound, moving, in many ways disturbing collection that asks to be read several times before it yields up keys to its import. One key is the poet’s mastery of suggestive language in which an undefined threat slips in and out of the book’s eight sections. Another is the impossibility of burying the still extant past under the bustle of the present. The book as a whole gives an impression of deeply felt experiences and personal relationships transformed by a brilliant, semi-abstract artist into poems like pictures and exhibited in an intriguing series of galleries. Having visited them once, I wanted to go back and visit them again and again.”
– Anne Stevenson

 

Clive Watkins is a poet, translator, critic and editor. He was born in Sheffield, U.K., in 1945. His verse has appeared widely in the U.K. and the U.S.A. and was represented in the anthology Versions of the North: Contemporary Yorkshire Poetry (2013). His first collection, Jigsaw, was published by Waywiser in 2003. His long poem Little Blue Man was published as a chapbook by Sea Biscuit Press in 2013. He has read at venues in the U.K. – amongst others, at Grasmere (for the Wordsworth Trust) and at Oxford University – and in the U.S.A. and Greece. He has written essays for various journals on subjects as diverse as Conrad Aiken, Wallace Stevens, Eugenio Montale, Edward Thomas, E. J. Scovell and Michael Longley. At his retirement he was the head teacher of a prominent high school whose origins go back to the Middle Ages. He lives in Yorkshire, England.

 

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Geoffrey Brock, Voices Bright Flags: poems
 


Geoffrey Brock, Voices Bright Flags

Winner of the ninth annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

Foreword by Heather McHugh

(Judge of the ninth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize)

112 pp,  ISBN: 978-1904130-64-2, £8.99 (paperback),
 
Publication, November 17th 2014

 

 

 

Voices Bright Flags is a series of experiments in what is sometimes called public poetry, with the poet's country, America, and his relation to it, as the main theme. The poems approach America from a range of perspectives-political, historical, and personal-and in a range of styles and voices, with each voice planting its own flag, as it were, implying its own America. Together the poemsform a partial (in both senses) mosaic, a discordant chorus, a succession of conversations and quarrels between myself and the motley citizens of my imagination.

 

“The collection Voices Bright Flags could have been created only by a lover of texts – an avid consumer of histories, biographies, diaries, essays, articles, ledgers, novels and ephemera. It is a book of and for the old-fashioned reader, the one who will appreciate the precise prosodic dados and dove-tailings of the poet’s craft.” – from Heather McHugh’s foreword

Geoffrey Brock’s Voices Bright Flags is ambitious in the best sense of the term. The breadth of his subjects – from the first Western contact with the Hawaiian Islands, to ornithology, the buffalo nickel, and his young son’s nightmares – makes the unity of vision behind the book all the more striking. There is insight here without self-consciousness, bold craft without showiness. Voices Bright Flags is a rich, important, and deeply humane collection. – Don Bogen

Geoffrey Brock's Voices Bright Flags is rooted in political emotions, not political opinions. It combines exquisite technical sophistication with plainspoken language attuned to the particulars of time and place, a combination put in service to a rich and troubled vision of America as both stubborn dream and dream-killing reality. If you're looking for poetry that is immersed in literary and social history while avoiding all the usual pieties and commonplaces about American culture in favor of keenly evoked and deeply felt experience, personal and collective, this book is for you. – Alan Shapiro

 

Geoffrey Brock was born in Atlanta and grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He received a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, an MFA in poetry from the University of Florida, and was a Wallace Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford. His first book, Weighing Light, received the New Criterion Poetry Prize and his poems and translations have appeared in journals including Poetry, The New England Review, Subtropics, Cincinnati Review, and Hudson Review, and in anthologies such as The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, Best American Poetry 2007, and Pushcart Prize XXXIV. He has received fellowships from the NEA, The Academy of American Poets, The Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers at the New York Public Library, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Brock is also the editor of The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry and the translator of Cesare Pavese’s Disaffections: Complete Poems 1930-1950. He teaches at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

 

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Waywiser launches first e-books

 

 

On 20 May 2014, Waywiser released Kindle e-reader editions of Mary Elizabeth Pope's short story collection, Divining Venus, and Shelley Puhak's Hecht Prize-winning poetry collection, Guinevere in Baltimore. For more information, and ordering information, please click on the covers below:

 

Mary Elizabeth Pope, Divining Venus Shelley Puhak, Guinevere in Baltimore

 

 

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Morri Creech's The Sleep of Reason a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

 

 

Morri Creech

 

It was announced on 14 April 2014 that Morri Creech's third collection of poems, The Sleep of Reason, was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Mr Creech is no stranger to literary prizes – his first collection, Paper Cathedrals (The Kent State University Press, 2001) won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize in 2000, and his second collection, Field Knowledge (Waywiser, 2006), won the very first Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize in 2005, but to have been one of only three finalists for this most prestigious of prizes is a signal honour, and the press extends to Mr Creech its warmest congratulations. Columbia University's press release describes The Sleep of Reason as "a book of masterly poems that capture the inner experience of a man in mid-life who is troubled by mortality and the passage of time, traditional themes that are made to feel new".

For more information about The Sleep of Reason, please click on the photo above.

To read the Pulitzer Organization's own announcement of the 2014 results, please click on the link below.

http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2014-Poetry

 

 

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Recent Publications

 

 

V. Penelope Pelizzon, Whose Flesh is Flame, Whose Bone is Time

 

V. Penelope Pelizzon, Whose Flesh is Flame, Whose Bone is Time


On April 3rd 2014, we publish V. Penelope Pelizzon's Whose Flesh is Flame, Whose Bone is Time, which was a finalist for the eighth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. From the coal country of Western Pennsylvania, to Camorra-ridden Naples, to the streets of Damascus before the outbreak of civil war, these lyric poems chart the complexities of national and intimate identity. By turns playful, lamenting, sceptical, bawdy, and aggrieved, they find the human fingerprint below history's erasures, ultimately praising the endurance of the soul "so ample that, if that is all there is, / she makes a feast of thorns."

Pelizzon is the author of one previous collection of poems, Nostos (Ohio University Press, 2000), which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. She is also co-author of Tabloid, Inc: Crimes, Newspapers, Narratives (Ohio State University Press, 2010).

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Stephen Kampa, Bachelor Pad


Stephen Kampa, Bachelor Pad


On April 3rd 2014, we publish Bachelor Pad, Stephen Kampa's second collection of poems. Where Kampa's first collection wrestled with silence and how to fill it, his second addresses solitude. By turns moving and funny, the poems in this book explore various permutations of intimacy and isolation in contemporary culture, juxtaposing them with other models of intimacy and fruitful solitude. The collection is divided into three sections. "Around Town" focuses on relationships in the public sphere: bars, parties, restaurants, and the give-and-(more often)-take that happen in them. "Sleepless with Reruns" is a mixed suite of poems that deals with both the movies on late-night television and those private movies that loop through the speaker's head when he lies awake in bed. "At Home" collects poems about home not only as a place, but also as an idea, placing particular emphasis not on the homes we come from but the ones we make. Throughout, poetic craft provides a vehicle for a transcendence that is part faith, part laughter.

Kampa's honours include the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, theTheodore Roethke Prize, two Pushcart Nominations, and the Florida Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry. He was also the 2012 Florida harmonica champion.


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Recent Events

 

 

 

 

AWP Conference

Washington State Convention Center

South Hall, Booth 603 (directly opposite The New York Times's booth)

February 26 - March 1, 2014

 

Waywiser once again had a presence at the AWP conference, sharing a booth with our US distributor, Dufour Editions Inc. We also had an off-site reading at the Seattle Art Museum, where Joseph Harrison, Dora Malech, Eric McHenry, Penelope Pelizzon, Shelley Puhak, Cody Walker read to an appreciative audience of thirty.

 

Joseph Harrison Dora Malech Eric McHenry V. Penelope Pelizzon Shelley Puhak Cody Walker

 

 

 

 


 
 
 

 

 

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