Join poets William Wootten and Lisa Kelly for the launch of their New Walk Editions pamphlets, followed by a public Q&A. The event will be chaired by New Walk Editions editors Rory Waterman and Nick Everett.
ABOUT THE POETS:
LISA KELLY’s first collection, A Map Towards Fluency, was published by Carcanet in 2019. Her poems have appeared in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press) and Carcanet’s New Poetries VII. She is a regular host of poetry evenings at the Torriano Meeting House, London and is a board member of Magma Poetry.
The poems in From the IKEA Back Catalogue are preoccupied with how a global corporation uses language and marketing terms to create iconic products that find their way into our homes and are part of a disposable culture opposed to a more sustainable way of living. When the language is freed from its corporate mould and the explicit aim to sell, other worlds and stories suggest themselves.
WILLIAM WOOTTEN’s poetry has appeared in publications including Poetry Review, PN Review, The TLS and The Spectator, and he is the author of the collection You Have a Visitor (Worple Press, 2016). He is also a critic and is the author of The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Peter Porter (LUP, 2015) and editor of Reading Walter de la Mare, due from Faber in summer 2021.
The poems in his pamphlet, Looking at the Horsemen, range across settings, subjects and eras: from Christ at the workbench, to rats on a plague ship, to life on a far planet. They may darkly reimagine fictional ideals – whether of shepherds or superheroes – or give elaborate shape to uncomfortable truths. Still, the poems’ most persistent preoccupation is time. They can look forward from the past, or back from the future, or simply catch the moment the season turns.