Monday, March 17, 2014

Stephen Emmerson talks to The Red Ceilings

Hi Stephen, it's been a while since we saw you on the Red Ceilings - so where have you been hiding?

Yeah it was 2010 I think last time I had something going on at the Red Ceilings. I've been pretty busy since then. In 2011 Richard Barrett and Simon Howard published my long poem 'Telegraphic Transcriptions' through their Department publishing project, it went down really well and has just been published as a 2nd edition by Stranger Press. I then made a fully playable poetry boardgame, that when played generates many iterations of a poem. It was released through Tom Jenk's Zimzalla. Then came 'No Ideas but in Things', a collaboration with Chris Stephenson that Dark Windows Press put out. I've also made some swallowable Pill Poems, called 'Pharmacopoetics', and had a participatory poem installation called 'Albion' on show at Inland Studio's in Camberwell, the results of which were produced by Like This Press. Albion also went on to be shown as part of The Dark Would exhibition curated by Phil Davenport at the Summerhall in Edinburgh.
All my pornography, your lovely new chapbook is about to be released to the world. So what's it all about?

Well, its pretty much made up of personal lyric poems that I've had kicking around for a while and liked but wasn't sure what to do with. Some of them date back to 2004. I eventually put them all together and they seemed to make sense as a whole. I called the book 'All my Pornography' because I felt like it was the poetic equivalent of my 14 year old self's porn collection being discovered. It's difficult to put out poems that are so personal, kind of embarrassing, so it feels like a type of pornography to me. 

So, what's next on your list of things to do. Anything lined up?

I'm just finishing up a book length sequence of poems called 'Letters to Verlaine', in fact some very old versions of the first few poems in that collection were the last poems I had published on the Red Ceilings in 2010, but they've changed a lot since then.

I've also got a something called 'Stephen Emmerson's Poetry Holes' coming out from If P then Q at the end of March. They are stencils that you can place over any text to create a poem. 

I've also got an album of experimental music coming out on Richard Barrett's Dept Press.

Stephen's limited edition chapbook All my pornography will be released by The Red Ceilings Press in late March

Friday, February 21, 2014

Forgotten ~ Simon Howard

Our latest chapbook, Forgotten, is from our old friend and recently departed Simon Howard one of two works he submitted for publication shortly before his death. Simon was the first poet that the Red Ceilings Press published in ebook format and printed chapbook. He will be greatly missed. To get a copy of Forgotten visit the Red Ceilings Press website.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Simon Howard 1960 ~ 2013

It is with deep regret that I have to report the recent death of our friend and poet, Simon Howard.
Simon was the first ever poet published in our series of eBooks and the first poet published in our limited chapbooks. A great supporter of the Red Ceilings, a fine poet and a gentleman. He will be greatly missed.

Simon's last book, Wrecked, can be found here at Oystercatcher Press

His Red Ceilings eBook, Numbers, is here at issuu
and the print edition here at Knives Forks & Spoons 

The first part of the plus que parfait collaboration written with Emily Howard and Mark Cobley, the title goes here, can be found here 

And his personal blog....walkingintheceiling

A line from Harry S. Truman ~ Mark Young

A line from Harry S. Truman

In the devastating after-
math of Fox News'
continued assault on the
labor movement, bumble-

bees seem to be dwindling
at an alarming rate. It's not
always about getting up
close & personal—& even

channeling the late great
Jamaican musician Bob
Marley cannot cure all
financial ills—but matters

of the mind & spirit are
wreaking havoc on people
in the Midwest. Trauma
accumulates in sensitive

tissues over time. My wife
removed several large cater-
pillars from our tomato plants.
The Senate is in an uproar.

Just how honest was Oliver Stone? ~ Mark Young

Just how honest was Oliver Stone?

Every time I'm out
on the street, ex-
ploring the effects of 
elemental vortices
by means of three
popsicle sticks, a
small piece of wire,
& a hot-glue gun

with a mathematically-
defined tapering
diameter within the
chamber, shots "un-
connected" to the
badger cull ring out.

A line from Yo Yo Ma ~ Mark Young

A line from Yo Yo Ma

The last two outings of the
U.S. Patent Office have
disappointed at the box office.
The first, based on three short

plays by Molière, was a pod-
cast of naturally carbonated
water: the second, a device
that looked like a tiny wash-

board, punched holes into
another dimension to make
the transmission of music
travel faster than light. The

new endeavor, which has an
optional external battery, uses
an antenna splitter to take
advantage of loopholes in both

European laws & the very root
of traditional American popular
music. Many people like that
tingling feeling on their tongue.

Mark Young's most recent books are the e-book Asemic Colon from The Red Ceilings Press, & The Codicils, a 600-page selection of poems written in the past four years, out from Otoliths.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

excuse my vandalism ~ lars palm

Heiligenschein : Petrarch Sonnets 160 - 180 ~ Peter Hughes

New limited edition chapbook available on the Red Ceilings

Heiligenschein : Petrarch Sonnets 160 - 180,  by Peter Hughes

[rcp cb24] A6 28pp 40 copies. £5.00 inc. p&p (UK)