Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Forthcoming from Seraph Press in 2013

News from Seraph Press - 22/01/2013

  After a bit breather last year, Seraph Press is making up for it in 2013, with two poetry books already scheduled for publication.

Paula Green
In May we will be launching The Baker’s Thumbprint, a new book by well-known poet Paula Green. Philosophers, scientists and artists such as Socrates, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Einstein and Jane Austen make appearances in these playful and thought-provoking poems. The cover (which is almost finished) features a painting by artist Michael Hight (just happens to be Green’s husband). Green has published seven previous collections, including two for children, and has written children’s books. She co-authored 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry (2010) with Harry Ricketts and edited Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems (2012).

Paula Green is a poet I’ve admired for a long time, and while I love her previous books, especially Making Lists for Frances Hodgkins  I think this may be her best yet. It’s a great honour to be publishing it.

(ISBN 978-0-473-23631-1)

Maria McMillan
In July we launch The Rope Walk, a poem sequence by Wellington poet Maria McMillan. The non-chronological collection tells the story of generations of a fictional family, from rope makers in 18th-century Scotland, to shipboard migrants in the mid-19th century on their way to New Zealand, and finally to a rope-climbing aerialist in the late 20th century. The Rope Walk will be hand-bound, with a letterpress-printed cover.

Maria McMillan isn’t a new poet by any means, but this is her first collection. It’s always wonderful to be involved with introducing a poet to a broader audience. I’m also a big fan of poem sequences, so this is right up my alley.

(ISBN 978-0-473-23632-8)

2013 also marks the year that Seraph Press has finally gotten around to printing a proper catalogue of the books its published. I’m very proud of all of them.

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