Today we celebrate the launch of the Maytree pamphlet Keepsake from Leeds based writer Kayleigh Campbell. Described as a haunting debut, the poems in Keepsake vividly illustrate the journey of a young women into parenthood. Themes of loss, love, anxiety and transition are underscored by the brutality of post-natal depression and family break-up. Written with heartbreaking honesty, this is a collection that will stay with you long after the last page.
You can purchase a copy of Keepsake from the Maytree shop here
There will be a special launch event in Leeds on the 12 September – details here
Kayleigh will also be at Waterstones in Huddersfield to celebrate National Poetry Day on October 3 2019 where she will be reading and signing copies of Keepsake and discussing some of the themes and issues raised in the book.
People asked if we were going to Christen you.
Though my father believes in redemption to get to heaven
and that temptation keeps the path straight to hell
and though I can see the appeal of bodies
huddled together in pews each longing
for the same kind of belonging
and in turn belonging together,
I sin and I’m peaceful for that.
There is no man in my sky, only clouds
that darken then scatter like clockwork.
But here in this bath, as your dad
holds you to my breast
I almost go to sprinkle water
upon your newborn head.
Morning White Dove
was a Cherokee
you can see her
in the cheekbones
the wilderness eyes
and hear the plains
echo in every line
of Mystery Train
together they listen
for the wind riding
and the rattle
Simon Cockle is a poet from Aston, Hertfordshire. His first collection, River Lane (Arenig Press), was published in 2018. His poems have appeared in Envoi, iOTA, Dreamcatcher, The Lampeter Review and Prole Poetry. He has read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2016. 2017 and 2019.
Visit Simon’s website here
A Patch of Darkness
Forty paces, give or take, from our front door
to Moroney’s black-and-white TV;
the first ten bathed in kitchen window light,
the final twenty lit by a public lamp
above a crossroads public water pump,
a patch of utter darkness in between.
They say that darkness is mere absence of light,
a gravelled path the same morning as night.
But tell that to the bandits and assassins,
to the sly beasts lurking in the bushes.
Tell it to the boy hotfooting heart-in-mouth
to catch The Fugitive or Arrest and Trial.
Michael Durack lives in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. His work features in journals such as The Blue Nib, Skylight 47, The Stony Thursday Book and Poetry Ireland Review. Publications include a memoir in prose and poems, Saved to Memory: Lost to View (2016) and a poetry collection, Where It Began ( Revival Press 2017.)
Today we celebrate the Maytree Press release of this very special collaboration between poet Nick Allen and artist Myles Linley.
In this unique partnership, poet and artist explore and respond to the mysterious landscape of the East Riding of Yorkshire.
With twelve full page colour and black and white images to compliment Nick’s sublime poetry, this is a pamphlet that will be treasured for years to come. Strictly limited to 150 copies, don’t miss out – order your copy direct from Maytree here – Shop
(on seeing the turbine blade installation outside the Ferens Gallery, Hull)
what beast left this
what manner of beast
dropped this thing
let it fall
why here and how here
what did it before
what myth has been provoked
what legend ransacked
where art how art
how can we make recompense
would that we were able
would that we
About – to find out more about Nick and Myles follow these links:
Nick Allen Poetry