Candlestick Press, who publish gorgeous poetry pamphlets usually containing 10 or 12 poems around a central theme very kindly sent me their latest 3 pamphlets to review.
Their pamphlets are designed to be sent as a gift card for all manner of occasions. They come with an envelope, a bookmark and a sticky label to seal the flap with, look!
The pamphlets are beautifully designed and printed and make such an original change from a plain card. Here is a bit more about the three they sent me.
Ten Poems about Friendship
Of the Ten poems in this pamphlet my favourites were:
I hadnt heard of most of these poets so its great to have discovered them and their beautiful words.
The Twelve Poems of Christmas
Now I really love everything about Christmas so this was such a treat, though having said that I didnt like half as many poems in this one, however there are poems here to suit everyone. Here are my favourites:
The Wood in Winter by John Lewis-Stempel
This is an unusual pamphlet in that its mainly just one short story rather than a collection of poems. Its written by John Lewis-Stempel who won the Thwaites Wainwright prize with his beautiful book, Meadowlands in 2014.
It also has 2 poems: Seven Words for Winter by Nancy Campbell and Winter Heart by Jackie Kay both of which are wonderful.
The Wood in Winter is such a lovely story, detailing a walk through some woods on land that the author once used to own. His descriptions of a cold, snowy day slowly turning to dusk is a treat to read. I felt I was there with him every step of the way, watching the birds, crunching through the snow and shivering with the cold.
People claim they enjoy winter, but what they actually mean is they enjoy winter as a livener, a quick tease of the elements before resorting to their central heating. For anyone working outdoors, winter hurts.
I fear the quote above is way too accurate.
The cover is beautifully designed by Angela Harding
A huge thank you to the lovely folk at Candlestick Press for these. I have plans for the giving of them all.