‘Otherwhere’ by Catherine Smith, Published by Smith/Doorstop Books
Smith/Doorstop is the imprint under which The Poetry Business publishes its books, pamphlets, audio and ebooks. Described by The Independent as a “small but enterprising publisher talent-spotting marvellous new poets”, their poets have won or been shortlisted for almost every major poetry prize, including the Forward Prize on 11 occasions and 10 Poetry Book Society awards.
The Poetry Business operates on the basis of four priorities:
- The spreading of interest in contemporary poetry
- The encouragement of new writers
- The publishing of work of new and established writers
- The setting of high artistic standard
‘Otherwhere’ by Catherine Smith is described as “recklessly wise writing”, which romps through such themes as the spaghetti harvest and the drought of 1976, vegetarian hangovers, horse-racing, teenage girls inhaling helium and cats brought in a case through customs.
There are a number of short, tantalising reviews on both the Smith/Doorstop and Inpress websites, a couple of which I’ll post below, or you can get more of a taste for the book by heading over to The Poetry Shed where you can read ‘The Spaghetti Harvest‘ in full.
“Her scary, unsettling voice seems unexpected in poetry, and cuts her free of the crowd.” – The Times
“Catherine Smith’s poems are at once visceral and delicate. The mythical seeps through the tang and stench of the everyday and asserts itself, triumphant and strange.” – Sasha Dugdale
You can buy ‘Otherwhere’ now direct from The Poetry Business for £9.95.
[Day 22 on the Poetry Advent Calendar is ‘Walking to Snowfall’ by Vivien Foster.]