Poetry fans, would you believe me if I told you I’d found a magical land in the back of a wardrobe and for the last few months had been helping free that magical land from the grip of an eternal Winter? Or that I’d faked my death and had been undercover in a Hungarian jail for MI5? No? Oh fine.
Do I at least get points for coming back from my magical-adventures-slash-espionage to tell you about a new NLP poet? How about a nice review? How about a new NLP poet, a nice review AND a poetry book about sex? Sold!
First up, I’d like to remind you you about Nasty Little Press’ Intros. Supported by Arts Council England, NLP has been scouring the country for the best new voices in poetry. Small but perfectly formed, these limited edition poetry pamphlets are sold here on the NLP website but are also sent out to literature and live lit industry figures. NLP will help their authors to get bookings for readings or performances and mentor them through the editing process with a view to publishing a longer collection in the future.
All caught up? Excellent. Let me introduce you, then to Sye Sanders, NLP’s latest Intro author. Having spent much of his twenties living in Ibiza, Sye has a degree in Imaginative Writing from John Moores University and is a popular performer on the Liverpool scene. He collects vinyl, writes letters to the NME and includes Philip Larkin, Emily Dickinson and The Smiths among his extremely wide-ranging influences. You can buy Sye’s Intro #7 here on the NLP website, and I recommend that you keep an eye out for him performing in the near future.
Next up, I have the happy task of showing you a fantastic review for Nic Aubury’s Cold Soup. You can read the whole thing here, but here are the highlights:
Humour comes naturally to most but few can get up on stage and be funny. These poems look like anyone could’ve written them but you try. Getting end rhymes isn’t so hard; it’s varying the rhythm within a tight metre that’s the bugger and this is, for me, where Aubury excels.
They hold their own against the best and best-loved—comic verse by the likes of [Ogden] Nash or Spike Milligan.
If you like the sound of that, you may also be interested to know that you’ll also find Mr Aubury’s work in a shortly-to-be published collection from Viking Press. The Poetry of Sex is a raucous, highly enjoyable anthology by acclaimed poet Sophie Hannah, and features poems from a wide range of authors including Shakespeare and Carol Ann Duffy, not to mention NLP poet and managing editor Luke Wright. As you will read on the Penguin website, Hannah’s selection ranges from ancient Rome to modern New York, from gay to straight, but her principle has been to go low on the sugar and high on the excitement. It’s published on 30th January, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Or a really, really late Christmas present.