The Other Side of Sleep
Published by Arachne Press
What started as a complaint about the ‘40-line rule’ in much of the poetry world has turned into an anthology that not only breaks that rule, but stomps all over it. Featuring 25 poems which break the rules - these are long, narrative, but by no means traditional poems, by contemporary voices.
Themes both great and small are explored in narrative poems that pack a punch. Human interactions from conversation, storytelling, lending and borrowing, theft, prayer, memory, shopping and a long walk, right through to sexuality, time travel, truce negotiations, disappearance, natural disaster, violence and death are all explored, many of them rooted in landscape and place. These lie alongside equally rooted mythological and historical tales drawn from Greece, Turkey, Africa, Scandinavia and Britain.
What draws all these themes together is the strength of the storytelling. Emotions as diverse as frustration, disappointment, embarrassment, hope, nostalgia, anger, and fear are channelled through spectacular poetry in many different forms into truly satisfying work.
The Poets: Adrienne Silcock, Alwyn Marriage, Andrew McCallum, Angela France, Anne Macaulay, Bernie Howley, Brian Johnstone, Carl Griffin, Cathy Bryant, Elinor Brooks, Emma Lee, Geraldine Green, Inua Ellams, J.lewis, Jennifer A. McGowan, Jeremy Dixon, Judi Sutherland, Kate Foley, Math Jones, P.A. Morbid, Robin Winckel-Mellish, Sam Small, Sarah Lawson, Simon Brod and Jill Sharp.