This Friday two pamphlets that I've edited will be launched into the world, Susie Campbell's The Frock Enquiry, and JT Welsch's The Ruin. I've edited before, Verse Kraken, Penning Perfumes, and Other Countries: Contemporary Poets Rewiring History are some of my past projects, but this was my first foray into the single-author poetry editing world.
In many respects, it's been a very lucky experience. It's been a joy to work with Susie Campbell and JT Welsch, and then to see the pamphlets develop as physical objects thanks to Lucie Forejtova. I also feel very privileged to have traveled on the last leg of Annexe Magazine's journey, which, through external and sad circumstances, must close its doors. Nick Murray, its founder, has created a series of fantastic moments through this micropress and I hope we can give it the send off it deserves at the London launch.
What this editing process has done is brought me a lot of sympathy for my publishers, past and present. What polymaths they are to handle so many different concerns at once! In many ways, I've neatly sidestepped several of their headaches by going down the limited edition route. That's the path I prefer in any case, as many of you know, I have a thing for lo-fi poetry.
Attached below is a post by Susie which includes a bonus track dedicated to our bookbinder. Read it, and if you like it, why not pre-order a copy of her pamphlet?
The two pamphlets will be launching on Friday 23rd October at Vout-O-Reenees, London. The Oxford launch will be on 8th November at the Albion Beatnik. There will be a further launch in York, date and place tbc!
Hope to see you there!
The Frock Enquiry is both an exposé and a celebration of women’s work. It is based on the Women’s Industrial Council’s investigations into the conditions of female sweated labour at the beginning of the twentieth century but also the archive of the London College of Fashion with its evidence of highly skilled professions carried out by women. The pamphlet might seem to be looking over its shoulder at the past but it is only to contextualise and expose the history of what remains true for women in many parts of the world today. It is concerned primarily with gender and work. How appropriate , then, that not only have I worked with a woman editor (the marvellous Claire Trévien) but also a woman typesetter and bookbinder: Lucie Forejtova of Oxford-based Immaginacija Bindery (website here http://www.immaginacija.com).