Week 33 Chapbook Chart 2019 – Susie Campbell

I Return to You explores how we inhabit a world of marks. Some of these marks we make to communicate, demarcate or belong. Others are more mysterious. We don’t know how to read them or who made them. We may not even know if they are deliberate or just a trick of the light.

Susie Campbell is studying for a practice-based poetry PhD at Oxford Brookes. Her other poetry pamphlets are The Bitters (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), The Frock Enquiry (Annexe, 2015) and Tenter (Guillemot Press, 2020).

1 – I Return to You – Susie Campbell (Sampson Low, 2019)

2 – The Blue Nib Chapbook Four – Pat Anthony, Mike Farren, Sharon Flynn (Independently published, 2019)

3 – Dreams of a Red Winter – Patrick Kearns (Independently published, 2019)

4 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

5 – Abominable: A Creature Feature – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

6 – The Secrets of My Ukulele – Onajite Clarke (Onajite Clarke, 2019)

7 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

8 – Learning to Have Lost – Oz Hardwick (Recent Work Press, 2019)

9 – The Coming of the Old Ones: A Trio of Lovecraftian Stories – Jeffrey Thomas (Forma Street Press 2019)

10 – Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

 

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Week 32 Chapbook Chart 2019 – Blue Nib Four

The work of Blue Nib Chapbook Four winner, Pat Anthony: Place and people are inextricably linked in this evocative collection of poems. They bristle with observational details that a less skilful writer might miss – a man pedals night into day, the moon is scrawled with the arpeggios of an accordion player. Each voice here is convincing and urgent. Memorable, exact and compelling.

Second Place Poet, Mike Farren (above): In the words of Helen Mort, I was intrigued and hooked by the strange confidence of the work: ‘Antennae’ suggests we should plug antlers from the forest floor to the sides of our heads. The pieces that follow are richly sensory – ‘summer smells of money’, the body is a quarry. Alert and attentive writing, poems suffused with an original language for memory.

Third Place Poet, Sharon Flynn: From the first, these poems feel like recipes, full of rich details and imperatives. In one piece, surgery before pain relief is described with a clarity that makes the reader shudder. Visceral and haunting, unabashed and sharply observed, full of found material curated with skill and emotion, which is no mean feat.

1 – The Blue Nib Chapbook Four – Pat Anthony, Mike Farren, Sharon Flynn (Independently published, 2019)

2 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

3 – Art Imitates Life – ALYshia R. Williams, Chris Leaux (Independently published, 2019)

4 – Abominable: A Creature Feature – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

5 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

6 – Black Giles the Poacher & Tawny Rachel the Fortune Teller – Hannah More (Curiosmith, 2016)

7 – Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

8 – Flesh for Punktown: A Trio of Dark Science Fiction Stories  – Jeffrey Thomas (Forma Street Press 2019)

9 – Families and Other Fiascoes – Anthony Lombardy, Maryann Corbett, Vera Ignatowitsch, A.E. Stallings, Chris O’Carroll, Susan de Sola, Jane Blanchard, Michael R. Burch, Edmund Conti, Tom Vaughan (Sampson Low, 2019)

10 – Sweet & Sour – Paula Jeffery (Harefield Press, 2019)

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Week 31 Chapbook Chart 2019 – Jeffrey Thomas

The Coming of the Old Ones contains three stories of horror in the vein of H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. AROUND THE CORNER – A man whose parents raised him in a cult suspects the new tenants in his apartment complex belong to a similar cult, and are summoning up powers that will change the world…and not for the betterment of humankind. AFTER THE FALL – Around the world, after a great storm the sky becomes filled with the fossilized remains of vast monsters locked in an ancient conflict, leaving humans to interpret this vision and to consider their own humble existence. SCRIMSHAW – In this alternate history story set in 1851, men in seafaring ships do not harvest whale blubber, but seek strange treasures in the bodies of immense alien creatures.

Jeffrey Thomas is a prolific writer of science fiction and horror, best known for his stories set in the nightmarish future city Punktown. He has been a 2003 finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (Best First Novel) for Monstrocity, and a 2008 finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Deadstock. Thomas is also responsible for Necropolitan Press, an independent publisher in the genres of horror, science fiction, dark fantasy, and “the unclassifiable.”, which was founded in 1993.

1 – The Coming of the Old Ones: A Trio of Lovecraftian Stories – Jeffrey Thomas (Forma Street Press 2019)

2 – The Blue Nib Chapbook Four – Pat Anthony, Mike Farren, Sharon Flynn (Independently published, 2019)

3 – Art Imitates Life – ALYshia R. Williams, Chris Leaux (Independently published, 2019)

4 – Families and Other Fiascoes – Anthony Lombardy, Maryann Corbett, Vera Ignatowitsch, A.E. Stallings, Chris O’Carroll, Susan de Sola, Jane Blanchard, Michael R. Burch, Edmund Conti, Tom Vaughan (Sampson Low, 2019)

5 – Dreams of a Red Winter – Patrick Kearns (Independently published, 2019)

6 – Almost a Dream – Astra Papachristodoulou  (Sampson Low, 2019)

7 – Abominable: A Creature Feature – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

8 – Cross Roads – Alicia Riedel (Independently published, 2019)

9 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

10 – Bipolar Moods Chapbook 6: Dark-Light – Valkyrie Kerry (Independently published, 2019)

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Week 30 Chapbook Chart 2019 – Valkyrie Kerry

Valkyrie Kerry, bipolar survivor and Horrotica author, offers a selection of poetry that brings to life the range of extreme emotions that are endured by those experiencing mood disorders. Her writing conveys the spectrum of emotions that exist between the poles of depression and elation; Thanatos and Eros. Her words enable the reader to empathize with the condition through colourful and DEEP (Dark, Erotic, Emotional and Pleasurable) sentiment.

1 – Bipolar Moods Chapbook 6: Dark-Light – Valkyrie Kerry (Independently published, 2019)

2 – Families and Other Fiascoes – Anthony Lombardy, Maryann Corbett, Vera Ignatowitsch, A.E. Stallings, Chris O’Carroll, Susan de Sola, Jane Blanchard, Michael R. Burch, Edmund Conti, Tom Vaughan (Sampson Low, 2019)

3 – Dreams of a Red Winter – Patrick Kearns (Independently published, 2019)

4 – Abominable: A Creature Feature – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

5 – Black Giles the Poacher & Tawny Rachel the Fortune Teller – Hannah More (Curiosmith, 2016)

6 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

7 – Learning to Have Lost – Oz Hardwick (Recent Work Press, 2019)

8 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

9 – Sweet & Sour – Paula Jeffery (Harefield Press, 2019)

10  – Poem – Timmy Reed (Dostoyevsky Wannabe CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform , 2018)

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Week 29 Chapbook Chart 2019 – Blue Nib Four

The work of Blue Nib Chapbook Four winner, Pat Anthony: Place and people are inextricably linked in this evocative collection of poems. They bristle with observational details that a less skilful writer might miss – a man pedals night into day, the moon is scrawled with the arpeggios of an accordion player. Each voice here is convincing and urgent. Memorable, exact and compelling.

Second Place Poet, Mike Farren (above): In the words of Helen Mort, I was intrigued and hooked by the strange confidence of the work: ‘Antennae’ suggests we should plug antlers from the forest floor to the sides of our heads. The pieces that follow are richly sensory – ‘summer smells of money’, the body is a quarry. Alert and attentive writing, poems suffused with an original language for memory.

Third Place Poet, Sharon Flynn: From the first, these poems feel like recipes, full of rich details and imperatives. In one piece, surgery before pain relief is described with a clarity that makes the reader shudder. Visceral and haunting, unabashed and sharply observed, full of found material curated with skill and emotion, which is no mean feat.

1 – The Blue Nib Chapbook Four – Pat Anthony, Mike Farren, Sharon Flynn (Independently published, 2019)

2 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

3 – Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

4 – Families and Other Fiascoes – Anthony Lombardy, Maryann Corbett, Vera Ignatowitsch, A.E. Stallings, Chris O’Carroll, Susan de Sola, Jane Blanchard, Michael R. Burch, Edmund Conti, Tom Vaughan (Sampson Low, 2019)

5 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

6 – The Castle of Blood – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

7 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 2017)

8 – Will You Still Love Me if I Love Her? – Elfie  (Independently published, 2019)

9 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

10 – Sweet & Sour – Paula Jeffery (Harefield Press, 2019)

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Week 28 Chapbook Chart 2019 – Blue Nib Four

The work of Blue Nib Chapbook Four winner, Pat Anthony: Place and people are inextricably linked in this evocative collection of poems. They bristle with observational details that a less skilful writer might miss – a man pedals night into day, the moon is scrawled with the arpeggios of an accordion player. Each voice here is convincing and urgent. Memorable, exact and compelling.

Second Place Poet, Mike Farren (above): In the words of Helen Mort, I was intrigued and hooked by the strange confidence of the work: ‘Antennae’ suggests we should plug antlers from the forest floor to the sides of our heads. The pieces that follow are richly sensory – ‘summer smells of money’, the body is a quarry. Alert and attentive writing, poems suffused with an original language for memory.

Third Place Poet, Sharon Flynn: From the first, these poems feel like recipes, full of rich details and imperatives. In one piece, surgery before pain relief is described with a clarity that makes the reader shudder. Visceral and haunting, unabashed and sharply observed, full of found material curated with skill and emotion, which is no mean feat.

1 – The Blue Nib Chapbook Four – Pat Anthony, Mike Farren, Sharon Flynn (Independently published, 2019)

2 – The Castle of Blood – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

3 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

4 – Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

5 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

6 – Sweet & Sour – Paula Jeffery (Harefield Press, 2019)

7 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

8 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 2017)

9 – Will You Still Love Me if I Love Her? – Elfie  (Independently published, 2019)

10 – Elegy for the Last Male Northern White Rhino – Dean Young (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

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Week 27 Chapbook Chart 2019 – Blue Nib Four

The work of Blue Nib Chapbook Four winner, Pat Anthony: Place and people are inextricably linked in this evocative collection of poems. They bristle with observational details that a less skilful writer might miss – a man pedals night into day, the moon is scrawled with the arpeggios of an accordion player. Each voice here is convincing and urgent. Memorable, exact and compelling.

Second Place Poet, Mike Farren (above): In the words of Helen Mort, I was intrigued and hooked by the strange confidence of the work: ‘Antennae’ suggests we should plug antlers from the forest floor to the sides of our heads. The pieces that follow are richly sensory – ‘summer smells of money’, the body is a quarry. Alert and attentive writing, poems suffused with an original language for memory.

Third Place Poet, Sharon Flynn: From the first, these poems feel like recipes, full of rich details and imperatives. In one piece, surgery before pain relief is described with a clarity that makes the reader shudder. Visceral and haunting, unabashed and sharply observed, full of found material curated with skill and emotion, which is no mean feat.

1 – The Blue Nib Chapbook Four – Pat Anthony, Mike Farren, Sharon Flynn (Independently published, 2019)

2 – The Castle of Blood – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

3 – The Larkhill Barrow – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

4 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

5 – Sweet & Sour – Paula Jeffery (Harefield Press, 2019)

6 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

7 – Keeper of Limits – Stephen Dunn (Sarabande Books, 2015)

8 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 2017)

9 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

10 – Will You Still Love Me if I Love Her? – Elfie  (Independently published, 2019)

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