New look Reality Street website

The Reality Street website has had a complete makeover for 2017. There’s a new banner, showing all the books currently in print, and we’ve tried to make the design more internally consistent and cleaner.

Most importantly, it’s now, at long last, optimised for smart phones and tablets, so it no longer looks rubbish on these devices.

We’ve also made an attempt to weed out errors, out-of-date links and other anomalies. Please take a look, and let us know if anything is still not quite right.

Finally, many prices have been brought down, so you may find a bargain or two here.

Out of Everywhere 2: A Xing the Line Special

2 August, 19:00–22:00, Iklektik, ‘Old Paradise Yard’, 20 Carlisle Lane ( Royal Street corner ) next to Archbishop’s Park, London, SE1 7LG. A London launch for the Out of Everywhere 2 anthology. Readings by Carol Watts, Elizabeth James, Frances Presley, Carrie Etter, Sophie Mayer, Sophie Robinson, Jennifer Cooke, Elizabeth Jane Burnett and Emily Critchley. This is a London launch for the book following the northern launch in Manchester, hosted by The Other Room in December 2015.

A note on Reality Street from Ken Edwards

The two presses recognised a common interest in publishing the poetry of what I once termed the “parallel tradition”: its various formations in the UK being the British Poetry Revival (Eric Mottram’s term), the Cambridge diaspora, and what has sometimes been called “linguistically innovative” poetry – all overlapping categories. There was also a common interest in post-New American Poetry, Language Writing and related North American fields, as well as adventurous poetry in other English-speaking regions and from other languages and cultures.

Read more HERE

Allen Fisher’s Gravity out now in full from Reality Street

Allen Fisher and Bill Griffiths books are Reality Street’s final titles

From 1982 to 2005 Allen Fisher’s major work (following his previous project of the 1970s,PLACE, published in its entirety by Reality Street in 2005) was a sequence of poems that went by the overall title Gravity as a consequence of shape. Taking their titles from an alphabetical list of jazz dances, and using scientific vocabulary and collage practices – erudite, funny and expansive – they were published in several stages over the years.

Now – as with PLACE – Reality Street is publishing the entire sequence in one sumptuous paperback edition.

Charles Bernstein has described this as “a masterful work in the project of undoing mastery”.

The book is on general sale from today, 27 June. Supporter subscribers in the UK should have received their copy by now. Supporter subscribers in the rest of the world – please be patient, your copy will be on its way in the next couple of weeks.

Bill Griffiths’ Collected Poems Volume 3 was published in May. All subscribers should now have their copies.

Together, these two titles by poets we have long championed bring the Reality Street project to a fitting conclusion. The press was launched in 1993 by Ken Edwards and Wendy Mulford, and has been run for the past 18 years by Ken Edwards, who will now devote more of his time to his own writing. All current titles will be kept in print for the foreseeable future, but no new ones are planned. Many thanks for your support of and interest in the press over the years.

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Out of Everywhere 2

Nearly 20 years after the publication of Reality Street’s flagship poetry anthology Out of Everywhere (see below), its sequel celebrates a new generation of innovative poetry by women. The 44 contributors are:

Sascha Akhtar, Amy De’Ath, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Andrea Brady, Lee Ann Brown, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Mairéad Byrne, Jennifer Cooke, Corina Copp, Emily Critchley, Jean Day, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Carrie Etter, Kai Fierle-Hedrick, Heather Fuller, Susana Gardner, Susan Gevirtz, Elizabeth James/Frances Presley, Lisa Jarnot, Christine Kennedy, Myung Mi Kim, Frances Kruk, Francesca Lisette, Sophie Mayer, Carol Mirakove, Marianne Morris, Erín Moure, Jennifer Moxley, Redell Olsen, Holly Pester, Vanessa Place, Sophie Robinson, Lisa Samuels, Kaia Sand, Susan Schultz, Eleni Sikelianos, Zoë Skoulding, Juliana Spahr, Elizabeth Treadwell, Catherine Wagner, Carol Watts, Sara Wintz, Lissa Wolsak.

Out now on Reality Street. The Other Room will host a northern launch event for the anthology on 9th December. More details to follow.

Launch of Bill Griffiths Collected Poems Vol 2

Reality Street published Bill Griffiths’ Collected Earlier Poems (1966-80) in 2010. Extending the account through the following decade, a new volume, Collected Poems & Sequences (1981-91), once again edited by Alan Halsey, collects poems and sequences from a prolific period in Bill’s life that originally appeared in very small editions. The 426-page volume, publication of which was enabled by subscriptions from 120 supporters, also includes a section of uncollected or previously unpublished poems. The editor provides bibliographical and textual notes.

The book will be launched on Saturday 1st March at Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB. Selections from Bill’s work will be read by poets Ken Edwards, Allen Fisher, Harry Gilonis, Alan Halsey, Mendoza, Geraldine Monk and Robert Sheppard. Copies of both Collected Poems & Sequences (1981-91) and Collected Earlier Poems (1966-80) will be on sale at a reduced price. The event starts at 7.00pm, readings at 7.30.

Email info@realitystreet.co.uk to book your place.