Archive for November, 2012


The Rules of Form update

1 of only 100 copies!

Grand news:

Due to demand, The Whipple Museum is printing 50 more copies of The Rules of Form: Sonnets and Slide Rules.

Our limited-edition book had an initial print run of 50 copies, and now there will be 100 books in total in existence.

Please contact me or the Whipple if you are interested in buying a copy (for £6) of this unique combination of creative, academic, and literary work.

Here I’m attempting to show off the unusual size of the book…but I’m also really pleased!

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my latest project as the Poet-in-Residence at Cambridge’s Whipple Museum of the History of Science is printed and available!

I am proud to be Editor of The Rules of Form: Sonnets and Slide Rules, a book which demonstrates that ‘a proposition of geometry is a fair and luminous parallel for a work of art’.

This art book has been a long-running project, and it is now available to purchase from me, or from the Whipple Museum  (contact: hps-whipple-museum@lists dot cam dot ac dot uk) for £6, an accessible price for the quality and unique contents of the book, if I may say so.

There are only FIFTY copies – it is a limited edition object! (It’s also a real book, as in, it has an ISBN, and will therefore go into the British Library.) If you have an interest in sonnets, slide rules, calculating monkeys, or art books in general, do buy one.

A spread from our collaboration between poet Lesley Saunders and artist Cassie Herschel-Shorland.

Our contributions include poems written for the project by Lesley Saunders, artist Cassie Herschel-Shorland’s response to the Museum’s Maths Cabinet and to Lesley’s poems, illustrator Badaude’s take on the theme (she gives us a taster of her contribution here,) an essay on Consul the Calculating Monkey by Dr Caitlin Wylie, and a brilliant piece on poetry, the Gothic, and constraints, by Dr Joseph Crawford. Original artwork, exclusive to the book, and other pictures are in colour throughout.

Ever since learning about poets and artists collaborating to produce a book, I wanted to create a small, beautiful ‘art book’ – and I’m pleased to consider The Rules of Form: Sonnets and Slide Rules a very special art book.

The form and contents of the object are equally important, and everything in the book was inspired by the Whipple Museum’s collection of mathematical instruments.

A London-based launch is in progress.

Almost pocket-sized, definitely purse-sized, The Rules of Form is perfect for the train…

Where Rockets Burn Through

Available now!

I’m delighted to announce the publication of Where Rockets Burn Through: Contemporary Science Fiction Poems from the UK, edited by Russell Jones.

I’m glad to say that myself and a number of poetry friends have poems in this anthology, which is published by Penned in the Margins.

‘Blasting into the future, across alien worlds and distant galaxies, fantastic technologies and potential threats to humanity, Where Rockets Burn Through brings science fiction and poetry together in one explosive, genre-busting collection.

Discover an array of poems by more than forty contemporary UK writers, including Edwin Morgan, Jane Yolen, Ron Butlin, WN Herbert, Ken MacLeod and Kirsten Irving, plus an exclusive essay on Sci-fi poetry by Steve Sneyd.’

This is full of a wonderful range of work, and being a contributor has helped open my mind up to what Sci-fi means. The pieces I have in the collection are what I might think of as astronomically-inspired poems, whilst other contributions are ethereal, abstract, or eerie.

It’s grand to be in an anthology with pieces by Edwin Morgan. One of my favourite poems is ‘The Loch Ness Monster’s Song’, which I’ve heard performed to perfection by Dr John Holmes, author of Darwin’s Bards.

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