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Susan de Sola Freezes Again

Not content with last year winning the prestigious Frost Farm Prize with her poem Buddy, Susan de Sola, a  LUPO contributor since Issue 25 on population pressure, telephone boxes, ski wear, weekend flings, giraffes and other topics, as well as translator, photographer and supplier of digital Dutch cheese wheels and tulips to the editry and gentry, has now appeared in her more serious vein, (including Buddy) with her debut collection Frozen Charlotte. (Able Muse Press 2019).

So, there is LUPO among the acknowledgements, for Closely Observed Postman (Issue 25 September 2014), alongside such mighty organs as The Hudson Review and The Dark Horse . . . Thank you, Susan, more please.

Details can be found at  www.ablemusepress.com/books/susan-de-sola-frozen-charlotte-poems . The official release date is 30 August 2019, but copies can be ordered via Able Muse (above)  and pre-ordered from Amazon at  www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1773490370/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_i_c_BnL3CbNYXDZJ6

James B. Nicola Goes Before And Beyond

May 20th 2019 saw the release of LUPO contributor James B. Nicola’s fifth full length poetry collection Quickening: Poems from Before and Beyond (Cyberwit Press).

The poems “range from the quotidian to the cosmic” and the collection “offers the hint  of hope with a poetic reminder that the same miracle that made Something to begin with recurs every moment of our lives. It ventures into the mysterious place-that-is-no place where the Center does hold: to the moment that brings Chaos to Cosmos, Void to Creation Nothing to Something and Everything.”

Available from www.cyberwit.net/publications/1217 and Amazon (UK and USA). 

John Whitworth 1945-2019

It is sad to have to record the death on April 20th 2019  of John Whitworth, a writer well known to many LUPO contributors. He appeared in LUPO’s first two editions in 2008 and occasionally afterwards.  His work could be found in a wide range of  magazines here and abroad and there are ten collections of his verse, published by Secker & Warburg, Peterloo, Enitharmon, and Kelsay, from Unhistorical Fragments in 1980 to Joy In The Morning in 2016. In addition there was was a book of verse for children, The Complete Poetical Works of Phoebe Flood (Hodder 1997), Writing Poetry (A.& C. Black 2001, revised edition 2006)) and a Faber anthology he edited in 2006, Making Love To Marilyn Monroe.

A good deal about his life and writings can be found in a Spotlight Feature in The Chimaera Issue 4 September 2008.

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What Flowers Are At My Feet?

Another recent Kelsay Books collection is Little Rhymes For Lowly Plants by LUPO contributor Paul Willis and also available from Amazon UK. Details  here

O'Carroll Collected

Chris O’Carroll is well known to readers of LUPO with contributions stretching back to Issue 14 in June 2011. A select few appear in his recently-published collection The Joke’s On Me. (Kelsay Books White Violet Press  www.kelsaybooks.com and available from Amazon UK post-free.)

The first section, Entertained By Dust, looks at landscape, birds and flowers, the second, Hum It Once Or Twice, reveals the writer’s romantic side and the third, Some Force Or Other, touches on topics such as family, the theatre, paintings and science.

The Joke’s On Me is actually also the title of the last section where the nimble O’Carroll includes more of the kind of neatly-crafted wit the readers of Light, LUPO and Snakeskin are familiar with, from Road Runner and Coyote to A.E. Housman Changes A Light Bulb and Ode To Old Age.

That neat craftsmanship shows in a piece where he even manages to find natural and appropriate rhymes for purple, month, silver and orange, that is to say . . . But why not get your own copy to discover how it was done and enjoy what Ann Drysdale describes as ‘a glorious celebration of the joy of words’?