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Liane Strauss
Liane Strauss

Liane Strauss is a prize-winning poet, the author of Leaving Eden and Frankie, Alfredo, and Head of Poetry in Creative Writing at Birkbeck. She was born in Queens, New York, and has lived all over the US and now in London—but always in sight of the moon.

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2013 Poetry Round-Up

As the recent TLS roundup of poetry pamphlets suggests, the official world is starting to catch up with an important trend in poetry publishing. As many of us in the real world have known for a while now, some of the most interesting writers around are finding their foothold (that’s a poetry pun!) and an audience thanks to the discernment, dedication and beautiful designs of small, often independent, presses. It is without a doubt the place to go for some of the most exciting and innovative poetry published this year. 


Here, in no particular order, are some that have caught my eye and ear:


Terra Ignota by Ros Hudis (Rack Press)

The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse (The Emma Press)

‘parallel texts’ by Dai Vaughan (CB Editions)

Beyond by Sarah Wardle (Bloodaxe)

Air Histories by Christopher Meredith (Seren)

Lorna Goodison’s Oracabessa (Carcanet)

Chrissy Williams, Flying into the Bear (HappenStance)

To the Boneyard by Barbara Marsh (Eyewear Publishing)

Kathryn Maris, God Loves You (Seren)

Whitehall Jackals by Chris McCabe & Jeremy Reed (Nine Arches Press)

The Shared Surface by Jane Monson (Cinnamon Press)

The Flower and the Plough by Rachel Piercy (The Emma Press)

Omnesia by WN Herbert (Bloodaxe)

Forms of Protest by our own Hannah Silva (Penned in the Margins)


and, in the new year, look out for Róisín Tierney’s first full collection, The Spanish-Italian Border (Arc). Róisín’s pamphlet, Dream Endings (Rack Press), won the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets in 2012. And don’t miss the long-awaited return to publication of the ever wonderful Donut Press, publisher (in the spirit of full disclosure) of the 2009 pamphlet, Frankie, Alfredo, by yours truly.


For a full list of small presses:



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