Join The Emma Press for the launch of their three newest poetry pamphlets, with readings from the poets and special guests. The books will also be available to buy.
“A warm and snouting thing” by Ramona Herdman. These poems dance delicately between the sizzle of sex and the ambiguous stability of commitment and family, emphasising the physicality, not only of desire, but of the human and natural worlds which surround and shape it.
“The Whimsy of Dank Ju-Ju” by Sascha Aurora Akhtar. These poems revel in the richness and possibilities of language and liminal space. Colours, tastes, textures, scents and moods are smashed together with great energy, dragging the reader into a shimmering world of magic, heat… and whimsy.
“The Goldfish” by Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul (Ikhda will appear virtually). The Goldfish is a sumptuous, surreal exploration of femininity. The poet inhabits the voice of a goldfish through a series of linguistically experimental poems which plunge us into the glass bowl and invite us to gaze out.
With special guests in the form of our June pamphlet poets, Conor and Dawn:
“priced out” by Conor Cleary. These poems live unmistakably in the twenty-first century, mapping the contours of a world of goofy Vines, flat-pack Christmas trees, and the barely-suppressed terror of economic precarity.
“The Stack of Owls Is Getting Higher” by Dawn Watson. These poems are set in Georgia, Tennessee, the Carolinas and the poet’s native Belfast, featuring speakers who drive from place to place and capturing the in-between states.
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