Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Subcritical Tests, by Ailbhe Darcy & SJ Fowler (gorse editions)

It was a total pleasure and a privilege to work with Ailbhe & Steven as editor of this extraordinary book. My interventions were minimal, in truth, since the concept and execution of the work, despite or because of the presence of two individually strong poetic sensibilities, was of the highest order. Having witnessed this collaboration at its genesis while we toured together in September 2014 I was hardly surprised by this, and I'm very proud to be associated with this work.

Subcritical Tests, a book of poetry by Ailbhe Darcy & SJ Fowler, with cover design and interior illustrations by Niall McCormack, is now out. Subcritical Tests is the first title published by gorse editions.

"The nearness of nuclear holocaust, always just one clumsy accident away, forms an entry point into this record of a friendship. The poems in Subcritical Tests stubbornly make connections, ever conscious of the impending threat of annihilation. Oblique, modern, lyrical, humorous, these poems represent the range of Ailbhe Darcy and SJ Fowler‘s individual practices, modulated and melded through the collaborative process."

We will hold two launch events for Subcritical Tests. Please join us at either (or both!) if you can:
  • On Monday 10 July we'll be at Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Putney Street, Soho, London, for an evening with gorse featuring readings from Niven Govinden, Susana Medina and Colm O'Shea, followed by the presentation of Subcritical Tests.
  • On Wednesday 12 July we'll be at Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, for the book's Dublin launch.

About gorse editions:
gorse editions was set up in 2017. We are a boutique imprint devoted to finding and publishing the best innovative writing, from home and elsewhere. gorse editions is closely connected to our journal, and will act as a natural extension of themes and issues encompassing ideas and conversations already begun in our pages.

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