V. Press is very very delighted to celebrate this year's National Poetry Day, with its theme of 'choice'.
We're also delighted to share some recent review news, details of a forthcoming collection out shortly and the biographies of two new V. Press poets.
"Drawn from the diaries of Dorothy Wordsworth [...] The contemporary poet brings these selected snippets together with all the care and consideration of a professional florist – or expert in Ikebana – resulting in marvellously original pieces that are a sheer joy to read. The poem about walking, which also manages to rhyme, the rhythm of the lines strolling along as you journey through it and alongside the I of the poem, was a particular favourite." Mab Jones, buzz, full review here.
Although it was only published in March, Something so wild and new in this feeling is already onto its third print run! For a sample poem, more information and to order a copy of Something so wild and new in this feeling please click here.
“Alex Reed’s debut poetry collection knots, tangles, fankles tells the powerful, heart-breaking story of Hazel, sixteen years old and diagnosed as schizophrenic. Demonstrating a deft, versatile, and compassionate hand, Reed unveils Hazel’s true plight, not only through the surreal imagery of her thoughts, but also through the voices of those both hindering and healing her: from alarmed and hyper-protective parents, to institutionalised hospital staff, to the grounding, reassuring, real-life Dr Aaron Esterson, who along with R. D. Laing sought to uncover the source of mental illness in families using unconventional theories and methods. Though this is Hazel’s journey, each of Reed’s characters is undergoing their own personal struggle and anguish. In a setting similar to Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and based on true cases, Esterson enables Hazel ‘but for the first time to hear [her] own voice’. It speaks to Reed’s ability as a poet that such a moment is so keenly felt and quietly celebrated by the reader, especially in the light of what follows.” Charles G Lauder Jr
Knots, tangles, fankles is a very poignant and very penetrating poetic sequence in multiple voices.
fast as my clockwork legs can take me
past the room where the nurses drink tea
a voice on the telly is talking about me
this is a story about the woodentops
mummy & daddy woodentop
their woodentop girl whose name was hazel
& the biggest spotty dog you ever did see
one day daddy came home for his dinner
mummy was busy in the kitchen
little hazel was nowhere to be seen
that girl was always disappearing
mummy woodentop said to daddy woodentop
the girl’s not right, we’ll have her mended
let’s call for the woodentop doctor
he’ll saw her head open, hack out the rot
paint her fresh eyes & a pretty red mouth
fix her with glue just like new
down the corridor to meet the doctor
but dr esterson didn’t have a saw
never did much, just sat in his room
smiled when she came through the door
then lit up his pipe & winked as he asked
did you ever wish to be real
not made of wood?
NEW V. PRESS POETS
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