Small Poetry Presses

Poetry presses

Hyacinth Girl Press - Identity, Poetry, & Modern Witches: Each year Write Bloody publishes and promotes large volumes of poetry. Poetry presses in Ireland Poetry presses in Ireland are difficult enough to be defined. We' re trying to categorize them by output or by the number of incumbent writers they are. In Ireland, poetry presses are classified as "large" because of three factors: output volumes, establishment of the media and the question of whether they receive significant support for the fine art.

Salmon Poetry (ten to 30 songs p.a.) since 1981; and Dedalus Press (av. ten songs p.a.) since 1985. Together, these form the lion's share of the great and award-winning English-speaking lrish poetry, a scene that may be prone to overshadowing examples from "smaller" presses.

A further is the Belfast publishers Blackstaff Press (founded in 1971), which has released Michael Longley and Brendan Kennelly among others, although they mainly work with Prosa. The huge Mercier Press (Ireland's oldest independently owned press, founded in 1944) had no commission for poetry and still occasionally releases modern verses.

If she does - like The Lilliput Press (founded 1984) - they are often seen as posthumously works or an antholog. In addition, there are other incumbent poetry presses such as Arlen House (founded 1975) and Doghouse Boooks (founded 2003), which still do not get any support. They each produce up to ten or more collection per year and are still regarded as "small".

Other writers such as New Writers in 1967 or hard-pressed poetry in 1997, which advocate modernistic, experiential, fringe or neomodernist poetry, have far fewer books to write and are largely ignored by the scholarship organizations. In the course of the twentieth century, the small print media and modernity were intimately associated with the avant-garde.

The New Writers Press[for example], whose story in Irish poetry is central not only to modernity but also to writers like Paul Durcan. Since the 1960s New Writers Press has been a leader in the publication of modernistic works and in the 1980s was often accompanied by experimentally oriented micropresses such as Melmoth Press.

Healy Randolph's prestigious Wild Honey Press (founded in 1997) has produced four magazines per year in this field. The majority of small presses run at less than ten belts per year and many others like Three Spires Press (est. 1990) cannot run for two or more years at a time.

Arlen House Galway editor Alan Hayes poses the question of the early twentieth c. when Cuala Press released 70 volumes of poetry between 1908 and 1946, in particular the works of Yeats and Kavanagh. In the 1950s followed the Irish'poetry renaissance', with The Dolmen Press (founded in 1951) as the lead editor, until the company founders Liam Miller died in 1987.

Then followed Gallery Presse Dolmen as Ireland's most important poetry magazine. At least 30 small poetry presses (including micropresses) have been produced on the islands since the 1950s, many of which appear very rarely or are transferred to other styles. Each year, at least ten to 15 of these small presses produce complete print series, from one or two to a dozen of them.

Notable are the presses that make one or two volumes of poetry, among them Abbey Press (est. 1997), Guildhall (est. 1979), wordsonthestestreet (est. 1990s) and Carysfort Press (est. 1998), as well as some Irish-language poetry presses, the two most productive being Coiscéim (est. 1980) and Cló-Iar-Chonnachta (est. 1985).

Each year more on-line publishing houses appear, as the recently created smeithereens-Presse, the free E-Chapbooks on publishes. In spite of this relatively new exploding phenomenon in printed and on-line media, in which numerous gifted authors are spotted every year, the contest to be launched is still as tough as ever. The constant growth of embossing has certainly made it easier for local and international composers of all genres and convictions to access their work.

Fortunately, small presses are not as easy off the menu as magazines, although they often need to modify their name, editorial staff, route descriptions and readership. They have a common love of poetry and cultural life and give us a voice we didn't know we had to have. Most but not all modern presses have now dealt with this, while a very small series, which could be considered more traditional, has not.

Among them, almost thirty "small" poetry presses in Ireland are producing up to 100 compilations per year, while the "big three" together are producing 30-50. Thanks to all the printing presses involved, especially James Cummins, Alan Hayes and Billy Ramsell for their valuable times and insight. On the next two pages you will find the sections of 10 small machines.

He was recently honored with the Cork City Council Artist's Boursary for his second series. He has written poetry in magazines and scholarly publications in Ireland, the USA, China and South Africa. The Heaventree Press released a chapterbook of his longer poetry in 2009.

He made a poetry movie in 2010 following the award-winning poetry of Ian Duhig, which was first shown at the Zebra Poetry Festival in Berlin.

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