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The Emma Press Anthology of Fatherhood

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Rebecca Robinson

This anthology is a touching cacophony of poems about fatherhood. This little book holds a selection of powerful pieces from poems written about fathers, both in remembrance and thanks, to poems written by fathers about their fathering experience. The anthology is sympathetically and sparsely scattered with illustrations which complement the sentimentality of the poems. Father’s Day isn’t for a few months but it’s always a good time to reminisce about and appreciate a father figure fatherhood itself.  


Between his first and third heart attack
passed my father’s Summer of Love.
An unknown younger man came back:

My ear-ring was no longer mocked
- nor the tattoo of an arrowed dove –

Between his first and third heart attack.

- ‘Digitalis’ by Martin Malone  


‘It’s difficult to avoid the adjectives ‘moving’ and ‘touching’ when commenting on many of these poems, but to their credit they are rarely sentimental and some do portray less than perfect relationships. […]  While many address the angsts and anxieties of being a father, and how easily a child can be hurt, most are joyful and the exuberance of twenty-first century fathers contrasts with the buttoned-up-ness of many of their earlier incarnations portrayed here.’ — Jacqui Rowe for Bare Fiction

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The Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 3

Posted on December 03, 2015 by Rebecca Robinson

To get us into the festival spirit here at Inpress we've been looking back at some of our favourite books from 2015. It's...

Our favourites from March are these two collections by female authors.

Rebecca's Choice: Talk You Round ‘Til Dusk by Rebecca Tantony


Every one of us is a complex and beautifully woven fabric of stories, and whether we tell them or not, there are no measuring tapes or weighing scales to speak of their worth.

Talk You Round ‘Til Dusk is a collection of tiny stories and big ideas celebrating the wonder of the moment. It’s about those journeys in a car driving across a desert, or walking from the bedroom to the kitchen, where we discover that what we have is enough. Stories so small they fit in the palm of a hand, yet carry the weight of the world with them. Buy it here.

Yen-Yen's Choice: Kissing Angles by Sarah Fletcher
In this, her first collection, Sarah Fletcher extracts uncommon poetry from common and extraordinary events alike. Dates disappoint in surprising ways. Matadors give way to hairdressers. 21st century life is shadowed by the glamour and squalor of a 20th century that refuses to die. Fletcher’s coyly confessional poetry spurns mid-Atlantic grey and instead places us, shiny, tender, and bruised, in the here and now.

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