As I featured a book called ‘Tea‘ the other day, I thought it only right and proper that for Day 18, we should indulge in some…
‘Dangerous Cakes’ by Elspeth Smith, Published by Eyewear Publishing
Eyewear Publishing Ltd. is a small independent press that is still, so to speak, ‘hot off the press’. They are based in London and started up just this last year (2012). They focus on excellent new work by poets from the UK and abroad, as well as the rediscovery of out-of-print figures, such as Terence Tiller.
‘Dangerous Cakes’ by Elspeth Smith is full of “sly poems that limit themselves with obsessive tropes – shoes, wine glasses, balloons, tea, cake, dancing – and then open up, somehow, into vast, mysterious places, with a question or aperçu. Her vision is both light and dark, for curtains open and close. And, though her own life is, and was, doubtless ﬁlled with countless personal details of interest, she has pared all back in her poems, that, in their quiet universality, are all the more intimate, and devastatingly lovely.” – Read this and more reviews on Eyewear.
‘Elspeth Smith’s poems are indeed “dangerous cakes”; tiny parcels of benign delightfulness with danger at their centres. A patch of grass, a fresh covering of snow, an old shoe box take a sinister turn if you dare to join the party.’ – Lorraine Mariner
‘Dangerous Cakes’ is available to buy now for £12.99 direct from Eyewear Publishing.
Also, Eyewear are including this book in their SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFER: £39.99 for a bundle of books (normally £51.96)! In this you get four very different poetry collections that offer a snapshot of contemporary poetry, and it all comes tied up nicely in a special Eyewear ribbon.
The bundle includes:
- Dangerous Cakes by Elspeth Smith
- Cape Town by Kate Noakes
- Night Journey by Richard Lambert
- Midwest Ritual Burning by Morgan Harlow
Eyewear are also happy to include a gift message with the set, if you type the message in the ‘note to seller’ box on their Paypal site, which you’ll see when you order. Buy the lot here now.
[Day 18 on the Poetry Advent Calendar is ‘Unplug the Fairy Lights before Bedtime’ by Matthew Stoppard]