The Crater Press is an independent poetry Press based between London and Brighton. We publish, primarily through letterpress, distinctive pamphlets of innovative British poetry.
The Crater Press does not accept any unsolicited submissions.
Crater 22: September 2013. Fabian MacPherson, Song from a Waspshire Lad.
The Linnaean Housman.
£3 + p&p.
Crater 21: August 2012. Robert Hampson, out of sight.
Robert Hampson is Professor of Modern Literature at RHUL, where he teaches on the MA in Poetic Practice. His ‘Assembled Fugitives: Selected Poems 1973-98’ appeared from Stride in 2000. His most recent publication was ‘an explanation of colours’ (Veer, 2011).
‘out of sight’, like the poster-poem ‘map-loading: 51:31N 00:05W’ (2008), is an exercise in procedural writing and recriture.The single sentence, with its shifting phrasal linkages, responds to recent work by Vanessa Place. It’s also the record of a mis-spent decade.
£3 + p&p.
Crater 20: July 2012. Jeff Hilson, From ORGAN MUSIC: AN ANTI-MASQUE NOT FOR DANCING, a new and ongoing narrative and non-narrative sequence (not) about the English organ adding obfuscation to an already obfusced instrument. Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was apparently Glenn Gould’s (1932-1982) favourite composer. Decide for yourselves!
Other sections of ORGAN MUSIC have appeared recently in VLAK 3, Open Letter and Writers Forearm.
£3 + p&p.
Crater 19: February 2012. Tom Raworth, Sharpening Aggravation of Perception.
Tom Raworth’s broadside “SHARPENING AGGRAVATION OF PERCEPTION” is now available from the Crater Press. Two colours, fancy French typefaces, handprinted, folded &c.
Crater 18: January 2012. Sara Crangle, gimme your hands.
56 x 14cm broadside on fancy Somerset and Fabriano papers, two colours, letterpress, special folds &c. £4. +£1 for the UK, +£2 for the ROW.
Comments on “gimme your hands”:
“An end to wastefulness, the practice of thrift, is always good for an individual or a nation. If we have to trim down, slim down, tighten our belts a little more, help each other - who knows? It may be that our society will be a happier, healthier place, and we’ll all live richer lives.”
— Stewart Udall, author of the The Quiet Crisis, US Secretary of the Interior, 1961-1969
“I’m sinking in the quicksand of my thought / And I ain’t got the power anymore....”
— David Bowie, 1971
“Canadians are putting tigers in our tanks, and new appliances in our homes, at an ever-increasing rate. The days of cheap and abundant energy are over.”
— Pierre Elliott Trudeau, television broadcast, November 22, 1973
Crater 17: December 2011. John Wilkinson, The Ode at the Gate of the Gathering.
Its twitchy lucubrations sparked by a passage of transformations found in Zhuangzi, the chapter Zhile or ‘Happiness Attained’, John Wilkinson’s poem Ode at the Gate of the Gathering writhes between states of being under pursuit by a malign, cleaver-wielding cook. Which cut will make the final rush? Which bug has eyed its chop? What face shall I peel off or puts me on today? Why did the dromedary go missing? These and other pressing matters are now brought to book, to this impasse, and handsomely so, pressed at the time of maximum axial tilt in the earth’s circuit. By such contingency may you, gentle reader, unsleeve and under cover of darkness give the slip to your enjoining and its bloody managers. Happy New Year.
Printed with 14pt. Baskerville, 42 and 18pt. Madonna Ronde and 36 and 18pt. English Black Letter on 250gsm Magnani Annigoni and 120gsm Fabriano Accademia, with two specially made blocks. £10 + p&p.
Crater 16: November 2011. Joe Luna: Google Song. Out of print.
* Centuries hence, despite faster-than-light travel, human interstellar exploration is stagnating.
* There’s not enough money in it for the vast controlling companies such as Zantiu-Braun, now reduced to extracting profits via “asset realisation” — plundering established colonies that can’t withstand Earth’s superior weapons tech.
* Now another Z-B squaddie, trained to use the feared, half-alive “Skin” combat biosuits, which offer super-muscles, armour and massive firepower, all queasily hooked into the wearer’s bloodstream and nervous system.
* Secret plans to make off with a rumoured alien treasure.
* Resistance is unexpectedly tough, thanks to locals such as Denise Ebourn who have mysterious access to neuro-electronic subversion gear far subtler and perhaps more dangerous than Skin.
* Meanwhile, how fictional are the stories about a fabled Empire that ruled our galaxy for a million years before becoming…something else?
* Genuine hopes to avoid bloodshed - while lofty idealism results in chilling atrocities, and even Z-B may be less cruel and monolithic than it seems.
* A breakneck interstellar chase leads to a satisfying finale and an unexpected romantic twist.
“break off me a piece of / your best code”
Two colours, THREE folds, £3.
Crater 15: October 2011. Tony Lopez: Works on Paper. Out of print.
At the apex of modernism in the early twentieth century, Bury in Lancashire was the world centre of industrial paper manufacture. Works on Paper by Tony Lopez is a serial poem looking through the history and language of that technical innovation and place of trade. The poem was written in 2008, first performed at the Text Festival in 2009, and printed on (130gsm) Hahnemuhle old antique laid by Richard Parker in October and November 2011, limited to 100 copies at £4.
Crater 9: October 2011. Justin Katko: Rhyme Against the Internet.
Rhyme Against the Internet is Justin Katko’s eleventh volume of poetry. It is a lyric ode, of 138 lines, distributed across six pages, in preparation for over one year, with an ‘Apology’ for the poem tipped in by the author. Rhyme Against the Internet is a follow-up to Katko’s failed epic, The Death of Pringle, which is imminently forthcoming from Veer Books in London and Flim Forum in the United States. It’s A5, letterpressed, handbound, and £7. Out of print.
Crater 14: July 2011. Tim Atkins: Pet Soundz.
In honour of the impending London Ezra Pound conference, Tim Atkins offers 3 Ezra Pound themed Pet Soundz, available on a poetry-poster with a nice blue rendition of Pound by Gaudier-Brzeska on the other side. £3 + p&p, available in unfolded or (cheaper) folded format. Guthrie on Atkins: ‘With Tim Atkins’ poetry, it is all where you find (you have found) he has found and placed the voice. It is all vivid joy and sorrow, distinct again and again in its rolling locale, within its expansive palate contemporary and timeless, completely unleashed and discerning as it turns its attention into forms of each and any place of our worlds.’
Tim Atkins Unfolded:
Tim Atkins Folded:
Crater 13: April 2011. Elizabeth Guthrie: X Portraits. Out of print.
The new Crater, the 13th, is Elizabeth Guthrie’s X Portraits; 10 odd and unsettling lyrical non-lyric realizations of portraits of America and Britain. Accurate representations of modern life! Each copy includes an individual painted iteration by E.G. reminiscent of 3 stoppages etalon’s dropped string measure; they all include a wood block by Dirk E. Lee and are letterpressed, handbound &c. Requires paperknife. £7 + p&p. Tim Atkins on Guthrie: ‘Elizabeth Guthrie’s poems - thoughtful, unusual, tender & (of course) tough - do far more interesting acrobatics than so so many of the more - shall we say? - pumped up ones. It is a joy to see her appearing in this latest Crater. Who can say no to it?’
Crater 12: March 2011. Peter Hughes: Sabi.
Crater Press announces Peter Hughes’s Sabi; 11 v. short, v. splendid poems… the title refers to rust, decay & the constant improvisation which is transformation & staying afloat… including lyricism put through a flanger & then listening to itself with its head cocked. It’s a balloon that’s had its string cut & can never now be turned into a dog.…
£3 + £2 postage (sorry about this, it’s an odd shape for the mails) for UK, £3 + £3 for the Rest Of the World.
Crater 11: December 2010. Rob Holloway: Flesh Rays. Out of print.
The Crater Press is pleased to announce a new articulated double-sided broadside by Rob Holloway from his sequence-in-progress Flesh Rays. The pamph./side contains 7 brain-squeezers; here’s some explanation:
Crater XI samples from the early stages of Rob Holloway’s new prose sequence ‘FLESH RAYS’ that one day will stretch to 107 such sections. One sentence reads ‘All sun’s got inside breath, soft as a head without a ghost.’ Another, ‘Shift left red sun, I’m cutting out a girl of paper.’, so perhaps it’s all about the sun. Then again, we’re instructed to ‘Rinse roads as if bricks were still wrapped in their towels’ so best we head for the hills. The ‘two Asian women soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie’ mentioned in the section ‘Moulded Books’ are real. ‘Reassembling the central crabapple’ is the ultimate purpose of the sequence.
Letterpressed, handfolded or whatever. No paperknife required. This is Crater 11 (9 is stalled, but coming). Complementary errata included.
Crater 10: December 2010. Ken Edwards’s Millions of colours:
Millions of colours is the final part of Bardo: forty-nine prose pieces over seven days, a modern rewrite of the Bardo Thodol, the devotional work known in the West as The Tibetan Book of the Dead. “Bardo” means an interval or a transitional period. The setting here is the port and old town of Hastings, on the south coast of England. Previous parts of the work in various versions have appeared as Red & green, a pamphlet from Oystercatcher Press (2009), and also in the journals and e-journals Cannibal Spices, Pages, 10th Muse and Veer Away. It is hoped that the whole work will be published before too long.
Ken Edwards is the editor and publisher of Reality Street. His most recent book is Songbook (Shearsman, 2009).
It’s £5; available using the buttons below or from me (+ £1 for P&P in UK, £2 outside); paypal or otherwise. 7pp., requires paperknife.
Crater ∞: November 2010. For the Administration (After Rimbaud).
Now out, possibly just in time for Christmas, it’s Sean Bonney’s Crater!
Includes 9pp. of ongoing Rimbaud project, cuttable edges, hand pressed/bound / the usual. Ltd. run of 150.
It’s £6 w. p&p in the UK, £7 for those lucky enough to live outwith. Out of print.
Crater 8 features two poems by the late Robert Rehder. This letterpressed pamphlet is now available through the Crater Press website for £2 to British addresses and £3 to the rest of the world. Email me at this address for other payment methods.
Crater 1: September 2010. A 7pp. 15cm x 15cm pamphlet featuring 6 poems by Michael Kindellan and reversible poster. Run of 180. Order, £4 for UK, £5 for the rest of the world.
Crater Press announces Crater 1 — it’s an unusual articulated broadside item featuring 6 poems by (young lion of the avant-garde) Michael Kindellan, and a reversible cover MK poster doodab for your wall when you’re done reading. Letterpressed, hand folded, no paperknife required - available for £4 including postage or £5 if you’re from outside of the UK. Here’s an exemplum:
“Bot. Dic Lindsey”
that reads like
viridis CHLORO, clear
æruginosus, deep to bl/
dull to greyish
azureus, pure lively
Kindellan’s published Baudelaire translations, Rimbaud translations and a bunch of other beautiful stuff all over the place, including an amazing chap-book (Not Love) from Barque.
Crater 7: August 2010. An A5 broadside featuring a Spanish translation of my own poetry for inclusion with my conventionally printed full-length collection from The Mountain of California …, published in August 2010 by London’s Openned Press. Run of 100. Order, £1 for UK, £1.50 for the rest of the world. Out of Print
Crater 6: August 2010. Petrarch. A hand bound 16pp. five colour A5 pamphlet containing 14 translations by Tim Atkins of sonnets by Petrarch and a specially commissioned block. Run of 150. Out of print.
Now announcing the second biggest Crater yet! In full Technicolor I’m delighted to present 14 of Tim Atkins’s heralded translations of Petrarch. 14 14ers.
Look, here’s one for free:
Final Sonnet 366The boys are singing to drive away the noxious birds
Before women it is useful to practice on statues
& now I am here to tell you all that I have discovered
That living is one of the best things—
there where I ripped it
That her eyes couldn’t have been more beautiful—
I just thought they were
Driving my utopian car over the dystopian roads
I go over and look at myself
& look surprised
Because living is one of the best things I go over
I stand there listening to the sunshine burning the grass
My horn a crumpled dream
Earthlings ! Comrades ! ¡ Adiós !
Work out your salvation with diligence
As if everything were still possible
Crater 5: February 2010. The Stats on Infinity. A hand bound 15pp. A4 pamphlet containing poems by Keston Sutherland. Run of 180. Out of print.
Crater Press is pleased to announce The Stats on Infinity, a wide-format 16 pp. pamphlet featuring one long & scrambled ode, six sonnets and one lyric by Keston Sutherland. It’s handset, hand printed and hand bound in a run of 180.
Crater 4: December 2009. Andromeda / The World Works for Me. A 6pp. 15cm x 15cm two colour pamphlet containing a poem by Amy De’Ath and a specially commissioned block designed by the poet. Run of 100. Out of print.
Head’s up! It’s the first Crater of 2010, and it’s a grand little broadside from Amy De’Ath: Andromeda / The World Works for Me. There’s a drawing by her too and it’s fantastic. Letterpressed &c. &c.
Praise for Amy:
“Amy De’Ath is the new fire for mortals. She peoples space. She plays tricks with the gods and with her readers. This is personal, and it's hot shit.” — Marcus Slease
Last October Amy started a pretty neat blog, which can be found at http://www.amydeath.wordpress.com
Crater 3: November 2009. Acacia Feelings. A hand bound 8pp. A6 pamphlet containing translations by Harry Gilonis of the collected poems of Chinese poet Pao Ling-Hui. Run of 170. Out of print.
Crater 3; Acacia Feelings: The Collected Poems of Pao Ling-Hui, from North Hills by Harry Gilonis, is now available for order. It contains 7 of HG’s faithless translations. Confusing folding; no paperknife required. Here’s the blab on PLh:
Pao Ling-hui was an early Sung dynasty poet. Younger sister of the male poet Pao Chao, she probably died circa 464 AD. 200 of his poems survive; her surviving 7 are collected in the later anthology New Songs from a Jade Terrace. Her works based on precursor poems have attracted particular praise.
Paypal, cheques and swapsies welcome. Great late Christmas present for poetry loved ones; fantastic gauze stocking filler for a court lady or a servant who complains.
Crater 2: October 2009. Above Shoes by Some Margin. A 6pp. 15cm x 15cm pamphlet containing a poem by Jonty Tiplady and a specially commissioned block. Run of 55. Out of print.
The second number of Crater’s out right now; the first in a projected mini-series of letterpress broadsides, Crater 2 contains a sequence of five spiffy poems by Jonty Tiplady called Above Shoes By Some Margin, and a block by Edward Suckling.
Crater 0: September 2009. An A6 16pp. pamphlet containing poems by Michael Kindellan, Harry Gilonis, Jonty Tiplady, Robert Rehder, Joel Duncan, Francesca Lisette, Sara Crangle, Daniel Kane, Gareth Farmer, Tom Raworth, Stephen Rodefer and Alex Pestell. Run of 58. Out of print.
from The Mountain of California …; full length collection of poems about California from the Openned Press. £5.44 + p&p: http://www.openned.com/storage/openned_press/Featured_Publication.html
China; pamphlet from Knives, Forks and Spoons Press. £5: http://www.knivesforksandspoonspress.co.uk/theknivesforksandspoonspress/HOME.html