You should read this… it’s important. And rather well put by the Unofficial Poetry Society…
There are only a few spaces for this but it is going to be a magnificent exclusive event – never to be forgotten. Please come and support the support act too!! Places can be reserved via the Ubuprojex website (right-click to open in a new window)
Imagine an art gallery where every canvas is the same size, every painting uses the same media, every image is monochrome.
Some may argue that it would be a fabulous art gallery to visit. You get to concentrate on the subject matter rather than be distracted by an artist’s individuality in the way he presents himself. Some may say that to create art with such constraints is a breach of the fundamentals of art. The artists themselves would most likely see it as an interesting exercise but refuse to conform to it being the norm.
Yet poets conform. Every ‘official’ representative body of the poetic world enforces strict rules on how poems should be presented to them. I presume this means that poems of other formats are not ‘proper’ poems.
I have just completed and published my second poetry collection along with another author’s, making a total number of fifteen books I have helped through to publication. Each one is unique. In some cases the author has illustrated, in others the author has asked for a settled spacing to create an additional question of the book as a whole, in one there is a blatant conglomeration of prose and poetry on the same page… and they are all magnificent.
The progression of poetry outside of the ‘established’ organisations, is an exciting transformation into a combined visual, audible, anarchical attack of the reader. And it’s thrilling. In my town, Brighton, poems are being posted in disused buildings, stickered on empty shops and every poetic rule is whipped into submission by the poet’s desire to just ‘get it out there’ because they also see the need to create a new audience and a new platform for their work.
I have no doubt that once these ‘rebel’ poets have achieved that audience, drowning out the table pounding of die-hards bleating on about meter, those same ‘official’ representatives will embrace the genre, say that it was all their idea anyway and then impose rules on how subsequent works should be presented in order to achieve recognition.
So I hereby declare the formation of the Unofficial Poetry Society. The only rule is that there are no rules. Sign up at any local lavatory wall. No subscription required.
In conjunction with the book launch of ‘Little White Lies’ tomorrow (see the post below for details), I am pleased to announce that the book is now available for purchase! There is a discount set until 31st May so please tell your friends, your aunties, the lady next to you in the queue for coffee…
Go here to purchase or just to have a nose (right-click to open link in a new window)
So, I’ve finally reached the finishing line. I set out to make this book so much more than the last – both with quantity and personalised touches – and I became quite determined not to cut any corners… to the point where I drove myself quite dotty editing, proofreading and redrawing illustrations that I wasn’t 100% happy with.
Much of it was written in Coffee Republic (they make a wonderful cappuccino) and they always cheered me up when I was flagging, so I was THRILLED when they offered me the upstairs to launch the book. It’ll be like home away from home. Honestly, I spend so much time there that even the Google Earth car captured me sitting by the window with my notepad and mug! I just need some people there to help me send the book on its way… please come!
If not, I shall see you at the Festival with my mini-amp and my bowler hat.
(Details of how to purchase the book online, very soon)
All done. The proof copies are apparently winging their way over my way right now and I am completely anticipatious and trembley-like. Watch this space. Keep everything crossed. Despite last-minute hiccups of having to reset all the illustrations, reconfigure the Table of Contents and finding (gasp!) an ‘it’s’ that should have been ‘its’ in the last 24 hours before it went to print, I’m still pretty much bang on schedule. I’m hoping it’s going to be the best one yet. Watch out for much whooping and over excitement before the end of the week!
The following advertisement appears in Wulfstan’s Literary Tumbles, along with a commentary by Kiersty Boon on the TS Eliot prize and the funding of the poetry world.
As previously, the magazine is noted as being in memory of Paul Squires gingatao.com, who was an ardent supporter and friend to many of the contributors.
If you would like to purchase a copy of this magazine on pdf, or support it reaching hard-copy print by pre-ordering a mail-order issue, then please visit THIS LINK.