Sunday, August 10, 2014

CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets

A new book slips quietly into the world...

I'm delighted to have five poems in this excellent new anthology from Smith/Doorstop, which is edited by Simon Armitage, Joanna Gavins, Ann Sansom and Peter Sansom. Those poems include a mixture of published and unpublished work: 'Feather', 'The Body in the Well', 'The Chase', '6 June 1944' and 'Mouse'.

In the words of the Poetry Business website, it contains 'thirty-two of the brightest writing talents in one brilliantly-curated anthology', comprising a 'stimulating and hugely enjoyable survey of where poetry is now (or will be very soon)'. It's a pleasure to feature alongside Liz Berry, Niall Campbell, Kim Moore and the other fine poets in this book.

As soon as my own copy arrived, my next-door neighbour borrowed it and, as I haven't had it back yet, I think it's passed the pleasure test...

It is available now, but look out for launch events in due course.