Collected Early Works
edited by Daniel Tobin
Born in Ireland, raised in New Zealand and reaching artistic maturity in New York, Lola Ridge was transnational long before the term gained currency. She established herself as one of the most notable poets in America with the publication of The Ghetto in 1918 and continued to write socially and spiritually conscious poetry up until her death in 1941. This new edition of her early poems intends to redress the serious neglect her work has endured over the past seventy-five years. It includes the early feminist essay ‘Woman and the Creative Will’ and the never before published manuscript-collection ‘Verses’.
30 August 2018
Ly Seppel & Andres Ehin
translated by Ilmar Lehtpere
By turns surreal, political, folkloric and rootedly domestic, Shortening the Candle’s Wick is a window into the imaginative world of a poetic relationship.
For over forty years, husband and wife Andres Ehin and Ly Seppel lived together in Estonia writing poetry. Ehin’s style is that of the surrealist – “a connector of the unconnectable” – whilst Seppel is a poet of the fleeting moment, the glance of language across it.
Translator Ilmar Lehtpere has compiled a selection of translations in the form of a poetic dialogue between husband and wife, incorporating larger discussions of poet and language, nation and self.
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27 January 2019
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At once personal and hauntingly universal, Extravagant Stranger is the compelling memoir of self-professed ‘global scalliwag’ Daniel Roy Connelly – former diplomat, theatre director, Shakespeare scholar and conscience-stricken father.
Laced with international intrigue and hilarious moments of well-aimed self-scrutiny, here is a book – like the life it relates – truly without comparison.
Launch at Housmans, London, on 13 July with special guest Luke Kennard
illustrations by Alice-Andrea Ewing
Submerged by the rising waters of the Danube after the construction of the Iron Gates Dam between former Yugoslavia and Romania in the early 1970s, the island of Ada Kaleh is no more.
This two-part poem, Ada Kaleh, anxiously unfolds and examines its own landscape of erasures and removals. It is a document of what floods in when you try to remember what you really need to, but can’t. Through collages of voice, persona and place, it is a poem that inhabits an eerie whimsy of amnesia and a violent compulsiveness of memory.
The particular collapses into the universal, the individual into the collective, and back again. Have we just been dumped by email? Or are we in bed with William Burroughs? Are we one of Tito’s town-planners? Or are we longing for some obscure reconciliation? ‘Hello you…’
64pp, limited edition
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“It’s an open secret that David Hayden is one of the most interesting short story writers around … I, along with anyone with even the vaguest interest in looking at modernism anew, will be queuing up for a copy.” – EIMEAR MCBRIDE
“In his hands writing is a magical operation. Mere literary tricks are dismembered, thrown a charred bone, decomposed. Make no mistake however, there is craft here and lots of it; the atavistic craft of a patient and fearless necromancer. Handle this book with care, goodness knows where its visions end.” – CLAIRE-LOUISE BENNETT
“Hayden's hypnotic combination of oneiric situations with pinpoint language conjures Calvino or Barthleme. His stories are airborne elephants: their lightness of touch belies their emotional weight.” – JOANNA WALSH
“Once in a blue moon, a book comes along that really is like nothing you’ve ever read before. The 20 stories in this debut collection from David Hayden are strange, uncomfortable fables of memory, metamorphosis, time, disassociation and death: hard to fathom, but impossible to ignore; twisty and riddling, yet with a blunt impact that reverberates long after the final page.” – JUSTINE JORDAN, The Guardian
Shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize
Paperback edition – 11th May 2018
"Closer to a snarling rant than a work of fiction... reads like the freewheeling wordplay of a mad person" – TLS
"These are stories for the neurotic state of our times, stories for insomnia, stories for those who wake in discontent. There will never be another like Gordon Lish." – Berfrois
In lean, lyrical prose – reminiscent of the work of J.M. Coetzee and Cormac McCarthy – Zimbabwean writer Ian Holding delivers a mesmerising coming-of-age tale of guilt and responsibility set within the fault-lines of modern Africa.
“Kathryn Scanlan’s first collection will come out next year, but it’s worth putting on your list now to keep an eye on. Her stories are often just a page or two long, and she writes with a bold originality, almost casually pushing her characters into wild places. The imagery is unforgettable and, fittingly for the collection’s title, animalistic.
Revenge is on the minds of Scanlan’s women, who are pursued, bought, sold, mistreated, and underestimated; that is, until the decisive moment approaches, and they act, as in the closing line of The Poker: ‘All of this is just to say that I have seen mine enemy upon the earth – and I smote him.’” – DAZED
Comprising personal essays, fiction and art criticism, this is a merciless yet hilarious satire of the middle classes.
Tom Wolfe coined the term ‘double-tracker’ as a way of describing the duplicitous character of the successful artist: to double-track is to be both bohemian and establishment, rich and poor, an ingénue and an initiate of high-culture. Today, double-tracking is a full-blown commonplace of the middle-classes. From pink-washing to poverty chic, it enables the privileged to see themselves as they would like to be seen, allowing those with the financial resources the cultural benefits of leaning left with the economic benefits of leaning right.
edited by David R. Slavitt
“Merrill Moore’s sonnets are magnificent” – William Carlos Williams
Perhaps best remembered as Robert Lowell’s psychologist, Merrill Moore was a key member of the Fugitive group of poets, alongisde John Crowe Ransom and Allen Tate. This re-introduction will help establish the importance of Merrill Moore's poetry, the best of which is on display here for the first time.
Listed in Jeremy Noel Todd's Poetry Books of 2016
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I think what happened to us started the day I was out playing on the streets of our neighbourhood and accidently pissed on the President’s face. I was a thirteen year old kid, skinny, lean-boned, full of shit. It was a Tuesday afternoon and I was home early from school on a scorching early November day. There hadn’t been any rainfall yet to ease the tight, dry heat or settle the dust, and I was out and about amongst it, blood-hot, looking for trouble.
We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming list of titles to be published by Little Island Press in 2018.
Hope was expressed that books could be found in which directions back out to life, of this kind, could be discovered. I thought of books that might suit this purpose — too many books — and then, much later, I thought of more books.
One morning in May, I stepped into the shower a balanced man. Ten minutes later, I was on my knees, cracked and weeping on a rubber mat. I cannot account for this on a second-by-second basis, the scene remains too fuzzy, beyond description.
The year ahead in books by independent publishers and presses
An innovative writer, critic, performer and bon vivant extraordinaire, Hartmann helped to introduce Japanese poetic forms to the English literary tradition, championed photography as an art form, conducted ‘concerts’ with smells instead of sounds, and drank riotously with everyone from the Symbolist poets of Paris to the Bohemians of Greenwich Village to the movie stars of Hollywood.
In later life he was a publisher’s reader and literary advisor for Jonathan Cape, where he was an early and ebullient proponent of Ted Hughes, Arthur Koestler, Stevie Smith, John Betjeman, John Fowles, Vladimir Nabokov, Alan Paton and Ian Fleming. (No Plomer, no Bond.)
It is high time Lola Ridge was recognized by thousands of women who are triumphantly following in her footsteps today, most of them without even knowing of this interesting, in some ways tragic precursor to whose life and work we all should feel gratefully indebted – Anne Stevenson