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Tracery – Venice and the Lakes Interlaced
by Déirdre Kelly

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28 pages full colour, soft cover
Published by the Wild Pansy Press, University of Leeds in association with Brantwood Trust, April 2023

Foreward by Howard Hull, director Brantwood House

Presentation texts by Dr. Chiara Squarcina, Venice Civic Museums Foundation, Michelle Lovric, Novelist.

Essays by Gianluca Solla, University of Verona and Christopher Taylor, University of Leeds.

ISBN: 978-1-900687-88-1

Edited by Chris Taylor

Printed by Marigraf, Italy

Project Design: Nadia Ragazzo

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A new collection by Richard Price
with images by Simon Lewandowski.

Ian McMillan on Twitter: "I like this tender poem by Richard Price from Tinderness, a book of Richard’s poems and Simon Lewandowski’s images published by Wild Pansy Press at the University of Leeds."

This new artist's book evokes both the 'unsettlings' and the unironic joys of dating apps and those who use them. Price's poems detail lives -- and hopes -- with a keen observational eye. His texts are wry, sympathetic, and quizzical, often all at the same time. Lewandowski's mesmeric photo-essay tells the parallel story of meet-up locations, roadside kiosks, suburban homes, mid-rise flats -- depicting the mystery of encounter. You sense that the lovers in the poems have only just left..

For the formal minded (others... Look Away Now), these poems use the 'stepper' and 'dreeper' forms Price has been working with for the last four or five years. These are a mixture of specific syllabic constraints and free-verse improvisation: a kind of renewed jazz in poetry. Lewandowski's photographs are in rich colour and his camera angles and contemporary content show his eye for the absurd is undimmed. This is a perfect collaboration between a poet and artist who have worked with each other on projects for many years: it's unusual to find text and image so much in sympathy with each other. Tinderness is, yes, a tender document of our times.

Wild Pansy Press 2022
ISBN 978-1-900687-83-6
Paperback, 205x148mm, 36pages.

Price with postage

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Saltwort is a collaborative work between Judith Tucker (paintings) and Harriet Tarlo (poems) developed from long-term fieldwork on the Tetney Marshes near Humberston, Northeast Lincolnshire. There we developed a fascination in the extraordinary salt tolerant plants of the saltmarsh, their aesthetic appeal, their cultural history, their agential powers and their relationship to each other. The title, Saltwort in the singular, gestures towards this unique ecosystem as a singular being, not just a series of individuals, and our work attempts to convey this. The saltmarsh plants also help us to think about conservation issues in the face of the climate crisis. Such bioregions have been under threat from as early as Roman times when they first began to be ‘reclaimed’ from the sea for agriculture and human settlements. Modern developments, climate change, sea level rise and hard sea defences erode them even further, threatening this habitat. Through their low-lying, low layering land-building processes, “pioneer” plants like samphire and cord grass are capable of establishing sedimentation and new saltmarshes. They might help prevent further erosion of the east coast of the U.K. This is another reason to celebrate these plants.
While many flower and saltmarsh sources have been consulted, we should like to acknowledge these texts which have been key to identification and understanding, and from which words and phrases have crept into the poems: Gerard’s Herbal (1597, Revised 1633); Stephen P Long and Christopher F. Mason, Saltmarsh Ecology (1983); Jonathan Oldham and Carol Roberts (illus.), The Field Studies Council Guide to the Saltmarsh Plants of Britain; Adam Bruce, Salt-Marshes through The Seasons (2003) and the mysteriously authored site, https://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/
This book was completed as part of Hideaway: poems and paintings from the Saltmarsh 2021-2022, a cross-disciplinary art and poetry project supported by an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant.
By the same artists, with Wild Pansy Press: sound unseen (2013), behind land (2015), outfalls (2017), neverends (2018).
Further discussion of this work can be found in the authors’ creative essay on Samphire for The Mind of Plants: Narratives of Vegetal Intelligence, ed. Ryan, Vieira and Gagliano (Synergetic 2021).

Edition of 250
Price £25 including UK postage.

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A Pictorial Glossary of Rhetoric now includes a 12-page "poetical supplement" - 44 Rhetorical Terms With Their Definitions by Wayne Clements. 44 short poems written to further elucidate the Pictorial Glossary. The Supplement fits neatly inside the cover of the book.

Published July 1st 2021 by the Wild Pansy Press,
190x190mm 54 pages wire bound + 12-page insert.

Text and images © Simon Lewandowski 2021
All rights reserved



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