What We're Reading – December 2018
In Issue 10's podcast, our guest Mari Ellis Dunning recommended a poetry anthology that reminds how the right words can influence the universe, Rhys pointed our listeners towards a collection that traces the rites and rituals of passage across three generations, Richard recommended some entertaining and spirited essays that vary in form and style, and Adam took the opportunity to ask Rhys a few questions about his debut poetry collection 'That Lone Ship'.
Species of Spaces and Other Pieces – Georges Perec
Georges Perec was only forty-six when he died in 1982. Despite a tragic childhood, during which his mother was deported to Auschwitz, Perec produced some of the most entertaining and spirited essays of the age. His literary output was deliberately varied in form and style, and Species of Spaces and Other Pieces is a generous selection of his non-fiction work.
In this collection of essays, Perec contemplates the many ways in which we occupy the space around us, and depicts the commonplace items with which we are familiar in a startling, engrossing way. He recounts his psychoanalysis while remaining reticent about his feelings, and depicts the Paris of his childhood without a trace of sentimentality. Species of Spaces and Other Pieces demonstrates Perec’s characteristic lightness of touch, wry humor, and accessibility.
Species of Spaces and Other Pieces is available to buy from penguin.co.uk
Spells: 21st-Century Occult Poetry
Ignota Books, 2018
Spells, the first poetry anthology from independent publisher Ignota Books, brings together 36 contemporary voices exploring the territory where justice, selfhood and the imagination meet the transformative power of the occult. Reflecting recent struggles around #MeToo and the growing interest in witchcraft and astrology, these poems unmake the world around them so that it might be remade anew.
Edited by Sarah Shin and Rebecca Tamás, with an introduction by So Mayer, the contributors to Spells include Emily Berry, Kayo Chingonyi and past Crunch guest Nia Davies. Spells takes us into a place where the right words can influence the universe.
Spells: 21st-Century Occult Poetry is available to buy from ignota.org
All My Mad Mothers – Jacqueline Saphra
Nine Arches Press, 2017
All My Mad Mothers explores love, sex and family relationships in vivacious, lush poems that span the decades and generations. At the heart of this collection of poems is the portrait of a mother as multitudes – as a magician with a bathroom of beauty tricks, as necromancer, as glamorous fire-starter, trapped in ever-decreasing circles and, above all else, almost impossible to grasp.
These astute poems step assuredly from childhood’s first exposures to the scratched records and unsuitable lovers of young womanhood, the slammed doors of daughters and sons, the tears and salted soups of friendships, and the charms of late love. All the time, incandescent and luminous as an everlasting lightbulb, at the heart of each of Saphra’s poems is a delicate filament kicking out a heavy-duty wattage.
All My Mad Mothers is available to buy from ninearchespress.com
That Lone Ship – Rhys Owain Williams
Parthian Books, 2018
That Lone Ship is the debut collection from The Crunch’s own Rhys Owain Williams. It was launched by Parthian Books in October 2018 alongside Salacia: the debut collection from our Issue 10 guest Mari Ellis Dunning.
During the ‘What We’re Reading’ segment of Issue 10’s podcast, Adam took the opportunity to ask Rhys and Mari how their books had been received, and how it felt now that they were out in the world. Mari and Rhys also gave us an insight into what it’s like to launch a collection alongside other poets.
That Lone Ship and Salacia are available to buy individually or as part of a bundle from parthianbooks.com
To hear what we said about these books in the 'What We're Reading' segment of the Issue 10 podcast, go here: crunchpoetry.com/issue-10.html