I promised to tell you more about my loot from the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair. Let’s start with a list: (all titles are poetry, unless otherwise specified)
- Faber New Poets 9: Rachael Allen (Faber & Faber)
- InExperience and UnCommon Sense in Translation by Anthony Barnett (Allardyce Book) (lectures)
- Lines North by Pat Corina (Soundswrite Press)
- Kill the Radio by Dorothea Rosa Herliany (Arc Visible Poets) Bahasa Indonesia & English translation
- Homing In by Mo Gallacio (Paekakariki Press) letterpress chapbook, signed & numbered
- Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures by Vanessa Gebbie (Liquorice Fish Books) stories & illustrations
- What If What’s Imagined Were All True by Roz Kaveney (A Midsummer Night’s Press)
- Dialectic of the Flesh by Roz Kaveney (A Midsummer Night’s Press)
- Faber New Poets 11: Zaffar Kunial (Faber & Faber)
- Lost & Found by Damilola Odelola (Eyewear Pamphlet Series)
- Fortune’s Lover — A Book of Tarot Poems by Rachel Pollack (A Midsummer Night’s Press)
- Faber New Poets 12: Declan Ryan (Faber & Faber)
- Reader, I Married Him & Other Queer Goings-on by Dorothea Smartt (Inscribe / Peepaltree Press)
- Almost Kid by V.A. Sola Smith (Eyewear Pamphlet Series)
- Over The Line — An Introduction to Poetry Comics edited by Chrissy Williams & Tom Humberstone (Sidekick Books)
- Ten — The New Wave edited by Karen McCarthy Woolf (Bloodaxe Books)
- Sugar Break by Maged Zaher (Ugly Duckling Presse) — letterpress chapbook, signed
- the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair anthology
- Past Tense (Liquorice Fish Books) anthology
In addition to all this, I also gathered a tote’s worth of flyers, catalogues, visiting cards, etc. And just before my flight back, I bought a regular book at a regular bookstore. It’s not poetry: Some Extraordinary Popular Delusions by Charles Mackay (1814-1889), part of the Penguin Great Ideas series.
So yes, I did have some rather heavy hand-luggage on my return. And I was very glad that the customs officers were not at all interested in how much poetry I brought back with me.
Since I got hit with a really bad cold once I got back, I haven’t been able to properly go through all these wonderful treasures yet, but I will. And I’ll share what I find right here, as usual. I’ll tell you right now that I talked to the folks at virtually every table, and particularly those from whom I ended up buying books, and that I am really glad I went. Poetry books are often expensive and, especially when they come from small presses, hard to get, so this was like walking into a candy store. I only paid full price for one or two of the books, the others were all priced specially for the fair, otherwise I never could have gotten so much cool stuff.
If there’s anything on this list you particularly want me to write / share more about, let me know in the comments! I’m currently so spoiled for choice it’s hard to decide where to start…