New Year’s news from Frogmore: morphrog 18, L.E. Usher’s Desolate Beauty and a book about the Moon

Here is how we are kicking off 2019:

morphrog 18

With the publication of its 18th number,  morphrog 18 – Frogmore’s online showcase of ‘poetry in the extreme’ – celebrates its 9th birthday. The current edition features the photography of Martin Kay and poems by Daniel Bennett, Robert Ford, Michael Jackson, Angela Kirby,  SA Leavesley, Edward Lee, Chris McDermott, Frank McMahon, ME Muir, Hannah Rogers, Naomi Wood. It is now live at www.morphrog.com/2019/01/07/introducing-morphrog18/

 

Desolate Beauty by L.E. Usher

We are proud and excited to announce the publication of  a pamphlet of poetry by novelist Lindy Usher. It was produced by New Art Projects, London, in association with us and Art First Gallery,  designed by Christian Kusters at CHK Design, and features specially commissioned art work by John Lee Bird. The book deals with the devastating effects of loss of speech through stroke. Usher suffered a series of strokes at a relatively young age and has here created a sequence of poems about Caspar David Friedrich, Hans von Bülow, Lovis Corinth, Kurt Schwitters and Otto Dix, all of whom suffered strokes. Sue Hubbard notes that Usher ‘takes the fractured shards of language and rebuilds them bit by painful bit to create something that both reflects, yet reaches beyond, this life-changing experience’.

Join us at the launch of this publication on 26 January 2019 in London, details HERE.

  

Moon: Art, Science, Culture 

In April 2019 Frogmore will publish an anthology of new writing on the Moon, with the title Pale Fire. The editor of the anthology, Alexandra Loske, has recently published a substantial illustrated book on the Moon in art, science, and culture in general, co-authored with astronomer Dr Robert Massey from the Royal Astronomical Society. Since its publication in October Alexandra and Robert have taken part in many Moon-themed events, including an appearance with Maggie Aderin-Pocock at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, a podcast about the Apollo 8 Moon mission and their famous Earthrise picture, as well as lectures and talks in London and at the University of Sussex. Telescopes were present at some of them! This all bodes well for the Frogmore Moon anthology, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landings this year, and will surely lead to more events ‘around the Moon’. Among the contributors to the anthology are Grace Nichols, George Szirtes, Neil Gower, Janet Sutherland, Clare Best, Maggie Butt, Myra Schneider, Martin Malone and Sharon Black. The artwork will be by Fergus Hare.

 

 

 

Frogmore Papers No 91 and calls for submissions Frogmore Poetry Prize

Frogmore Papers 91 cover, by Christopher Lewis

Thirty-five years on from publication of the first Frogmore Papers the 91st edition has been published. Featuring poetry by Denise Bennett, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Ian Caws, Robin Houghton, Fiona Moore, Myra Schneider and others, prose by Bahar Brunton, Antony Johae and Jane McLaughlin, and artwork by Dee Sunshine, the issue sports a striking cover by Christopher Lewis.

Available post-free for £5 from The Frogmore Press, cash or cheques (payable to The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, BN7 1PJ).

The deadline for submissions to the thirty-second Frogmore Poetry Prize is 31 May 2018.  Details HERE. Adjudicator Janet Sutherland will read all entries.

Submissions are invited for the July edition of morphrog (‘poetry in the extreme’). Send up to six poems in a single Word document to: morphrog@gmail.com