We’re delighted to be launching In an Ideal World I’d Not be Murdered by Chaucer Cameron and Maternal Impression by Cheryl Moskowitz.
In an Ideal World I’d Not be Murdered is part memoir/part fiction and is Chaucer’s debut pamphlet. The poems explore the impact of prostitution.
“These poems ring out like gunshots in the night; they will wake you from your sleep. Yet despite its distilled directness, this book is lifted by both mystery and surprise. Listen for the songs emerging from the dark centre of this transformative work of experience and survival.’ Jaqueline Saphra
“Every time I have heard Cheryl Moskowitz read “The Donner Party”, strange things have happened – a bell has rung with no-one at the door, candles have guttered in a church setting, and shivers always run down my spine. Moskowitz’s poetry summons spirits and spills beyond the words on the page into a mystical space where we are all connected in body and mind. These are poems that once read or heard, leave their mark. Mesmeric, soul-feeding, uneasy, I come back to them again and again for reassurance, admonishment, and recognition of what it is to hang onto the maternal in our collective journey. Maternal Impression is a call to arms – maternal arms – and all that implies in the Anthropocene. It has a beating heart that needs to be heard, felt, and heeded.” – Lisa Kelly
Isabelle Baafi is a writer and poet from London. Her debut pamphlet, Ripe (ignitionpress, 2020), was the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2021. She was the winner of the 2019 Vincent Cooper Literary Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2020 Bridport Prize and the 2019 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition. Her work has been published in Poetry Review, Magma, Anthropocene, Tentacular, petrichor, and elsewhere. She was a member of the 2019-20 London Library’s Emerging Writers Programme, and the 2020 Griot’s Well Programme with Writerz and Scribez. She is also an Obsidian Foundation Fellow and an Editor at Magma.
Lucy English: is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She is a spoken word poet and novelist. She is co-director, with Sarah Tremlett, of Liberated Words, which creates, curates and screens poetry films. Lucy’s most recent project is, The Book of Hours, a reimagining of a medieval book of hours in poetry film format. The Book of Hours contains 48 poetry films created in collaboration with 27 collaborators from Europe, America and Australia. Films from this project have been screened at many international short film festivals including Visible Verse, Canada; Weimar and Zebra, Germany; Lisbon, Portugal; Athens, Greece, and Newlyn in the U.K. She has a PhD in the placement of spoken word in poetry films. Her first collection of poetry, Prayer to Imperfection, was published by Burning Eye Press in2014. Her second collection is the poetry from The Book of Hours published by Burning Eye Press in 2018.