This subscription comes with a limited edition cover for 'Inherent', in a vibrant blue, one of only 80 to be released, and an earthy tea to sip the winter weather down. As usual, subscribers receive our books before release and with a cheeky 15% discount!
Book Shipment Dates: 28th September: Unite Magazine (short stories, poetry and art) and The Sound of the Earth Singing to Herself by Ricky Ray (poetry, limited edition)
November 2nd: Inherent by Lucía Orellana-Damacela and Medusa Retold by Sarah Wallis (both poetry)
About Unite Magazine:
Unite Magazine has been selected by Tina Tamsho-Thomas, and will donate 10% of profits to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Contributors in this issue are exclusively Black and Asian writers and artists.
"Together, we are a poem,
Defining why we should always unify." - By Bob McNeil
"The pigment of our skin is an everlasting reminder that our land does not bleedyellow, red or even blue. It bleeds kayumanggi, the color of sorrow and triumphthat rained upon us through centuries." - By Andre Ramirez Gutierrez
"My walls are adorned with poster prints
of Black Female Warriors of the night.
Their hair streams wild
across the stars
their shoulders shrug
a careless pattern." - By April Roach
"the more she spoke into her computer
Of the “criminal record” and the “limited qualifications”,
The more I realised I was but a cog,
A clog in the government drain, a disposable resource." - By Akhim Alexis
About The Sound of the Earth Singing to Herself by Ricky Ray:
"and when we settle into our dens at night, we talk of you, as one might talk of a cupped hand, fading slowly, the rest of the body long departed: a rusty bucket, offering water—all that’s left of a god. " - From 'Somewhere in Indiana'
Ricky Ray entwines the beauty of the world and his love of life with the weight of physical pain he shoulders daily, in this stunning chapbook which urges you to find new meaning in nature's mysterious workings: "Every time I look up/ into a canopy, I see a mind at work."
In The Sound of the Earth Singing to Herself, Ricky Ray invokes the animalistic yet the utterly, undeniably humane. Visiting the most intimate corners of memory, this is a chapbook that promises linguistic prowess and the healing - however raw - of the ache of living. From Indiana, Florida, and Oklahoma to the inescapable moment of our own death, the moment the sun sinks below the horizon, the moment ‘the cancer / bloomed like an angry / flower in her liver’, Ray’s language is masterful, transfixed on elevating the mundane and exposing every private moment of our existence. - Kayla Jenkins, Writer
‘The Sound of the Earth Singing to Herself’
“Ricky Ray’s The Sound of the Earth Singing to Herself is a private archive of “unholstered” embodiment, imagining disability not as a disconnect or alienation from the environment but as a curious kinship with it, a shared “scream” in which there is no difference between “agony” and “ecstasy,” the speaker’s body and “Oklahoma,” “generations of teeth” and “somewhere in Indiana.” This is a new song of an old but still echoing America, in which “sludgehearted” monsters emerge triumphant while families live on “dog biscuits,” frantically attempting to preserve whatever is “left of a god.” Both cruelly and comfortingly, Earth Singing reminds us every god and monster in this country, including the land, will “go to rot” together one day. And whether characterized as tragic or sublime, this coalescence is a melody we are already humming deep down.”
—Dylan Krieger, author of Giving Godhead (Delete, 2017), The Mother Wart (Vegetarian Alcoholic, 2019), Metamortuary (Nine Mile, 2020) and Soft-Focus Slaughterhouse (11:11, forthcoming).
About Lucía Orellana-Damacela's 'Inherent':
“The world of Inherent Interior is made of ‘things hidden by shine, / foliage / wiped out by afternoon glare’, collecting together memories of grandmothers, gardens, wild spaces, salt, mangos, pumpernickel toast, mementos and inheritances. There is a fierce, family-focused feminism running throughout this
collection, painting a portrait of an intensely tender poet alive with memories and journeys, who plays with language and imagery to build tiny worlds within each poem, so each resembles a room, an interior: a mother’s eyebrows, a grandmother’s garden, the wasp who stung a daughter, a snowy hill filled with laughter, a train skirting the Andes, mango skins floating down the river and the knife sharpener with his large wheel. An intensely enjoyable read that invites you in and offers you breakfast, rainwater and fresh-air.”
- Haley Jenkins, Selcouth Station Press.
Lucía Orellana-Damacela is the author of the poetry book Sea of Rocks (Unsolicited Press, 2018), and the chapbooks Longevity River (Plan B Press, 2019) and Life Lines, which won The Bitchin’ Kitsch Chapbook Competition (2018). Lucía’s work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize; her poetry, prose and translations have appeared in more than twelve countries in both English and Spanish. Lucía holds a PhD in Social Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.
About Medusa Retold by Sarah Wallis:
Sarah Wallis is a poet & playwright based in Scotland. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA and an Mphil in
Playwriting from Birmingham University. Theatrical residencies include Leeds Playhouse and Harrogate Theatre. Recent
publications include The Yorkshire Poetry Anthology and
Watermarks; for Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers and Best New British & Irish Poets 2018.
“Sarah Wallis is a very fine poet and storyteller. She deftly re-inhabits the Medusa myth, losing none of the magic and mystery and yet giving it a contemporary and affecting resonance. She salutes the ancient gods, particularly Athena but also deals with 21st century questions of identity and gender. A miniature epic full of wonderful writing.”
- James Nash, poet, recent collections, “Some Things Matter: 63 Sonnets “(2012); “A Bench for Billie Holiday” (2018), both from Valley Press.
“A wild and writhing reimagination of the Medusa myth for the modern age. Mesmerising. Compelling.”
- Tanya Shadrick, editor of Wild Woman Swimming.
“In this vivid retelling of the well-known Greek myth, Wallis captures Medusa’s spirit of fury borne of oppression and shapes it into a contemporary story of female rage. Medusa Retold is gripping, raw and essential reading for the modern-day feminist.”
- JL Corbett, editor of Idle Ink.
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