As The Frogmore Papers approach their 36th birthday, the 93rd issue has been published. With poetry from James Aitchison, Sharon Black, Maggie Butt, Ian Caws, Stuart Pickford, Gill McEvoy, Clare Best, Neil Gower, Fred Johnston, Nancy Mattson, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Karen Smith, Michael Curtis, Fokkina McDonnell, David Shields, and many others, prose from Mark Czanik, as well as reviews of latest literary publications, the issue promises and delivers a very varied read. The cover design is by Guildford-based artist Jane Chapman, who was also responsible for the cover of The Frogmore Papers’ 27th edition back in 1990!
Available post-free from the Frogmore Press at £5. Also at Skylark in Lewes.
Frogmore has published an outstanding experimental 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’.
The pamphlet was launched on 26 January 2019 at New Art Projects in London. Here are some pictures of the happy occasion, which showed the complete set of John Lee Bird’s artwork and also reunited almost the complete fleet of staff of Shipley Art Booksellers (70, Charing Cross Road, London) from c.1998, 20 years later.
Desolate Beauty has been reviewed by Peter Stewart in the latest issue of The Frogmore Papers (no.93).
Copies of Desolate Beauty can be ordered from New Art Projects at £10.00 plus postage. Postage to the UK is £2.00, postage to the USA/Canada is £5.
Payment can be made by Bank Transfer or by Paypal to Fred@newartprojects.com