The High Window Press is an independent small press that publishes anthologies and chapbooks of up and coming talent alongside collections from more established poets whose work deserves a wider audience. It was established in 2015 with the publication of A Slow Blues, New and Selected Poems by David Cooke.
NEW TITLES FOR 2017
The editors at The High Window are making good progress on our publishing schedule for 2017. In March 2017 we will be publishing From Inside, a new collection of poems by the much admired UK poet, Anthony Howell. We will also be publishing End Phrase, a specially commissioned UK edition of selected poems by the internationally renowned Croatian poet, Mario Susko. Watch this space also for information about two further titles that will complete our 2017 schedule. Finally, a reminder that we still have one title forthcoming for 2016: Dust, a chapbook by Bethany W. Pope (December).
Titles Published in 2016
The following were published in 2016 and are still available: Angles & Visions, a collection of film poems by Anthony Costello (March); The Emigrant’s Farewell, a chapbook by James W. Wood (June); Four American Poets, an anthology edited by Anthony Costello (September); and Dust, a chapbook by Bethany W. Pope (December).
March 2017: From Inside by Anthony Howell
Anthony Howell is a virtuoso poet who, since his debut, Inside the Castle, in 1969, has published numerous highly acclaimed collections of his work. In 1973 he was invited to participate in the International Writers Program at The University of Iowa and in 1997 he was short-listed for a Paul Hamlyn Award. He is also a distinguished translator whose versions of Fawzi Karim were a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for 2011. He was the founder of The Theatre of Mistakes and editor of Grey Suit: Video for Art and Literature. His most recent book of poems is Silent Highway, Anvil 2014. Writing in Poetry Review, John Greening sums up:’So much good poetry that one is astonished that Howell’s name is not better known.’
‘As always Anthony Howell’s poems are cool, intelligent, entertaining and simply different from anything else being written.’
Robert Nye, The Times
‘Howell has style to spare and is happily unclassifiable.’
Peter Porter, The Observer
‘It is possible to overstress the similarities between one writer and another. Howell, however, courts such an approach – not because he is an emulator, rather that he is an eclectic original.’
Peter Reading, The Times Literary Supplement
John Ashbery, The PN Review
You will find more information about Anthony and his latest collection here: #https://anthonyhowelljournal.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/from-inside-my-new-book-of-poems/
September 2017: End Phrase by Mario Susko
Mario Susko is a witness and survivor of the war in Bosnia who has spent much of his adult life in The United States, where he now he teaches in the English Department at SUNY Nassau Community College, New York. He is a prolific poet in English and a translator of international repute. End Phrase, Selected Poems 2006 – 2017, is a generous sampling of his work drawn from his three most recent US collections.
‘Mario Susko is a poet of rare seriousness. His wide-ranging, philosophical and metaphorical verse is highly sophisticated; yet it returns us over and over to the great questions of life. This is poetry of witness become a poetry of compassion, intelligence and great spirit. It is essential reading.’
‘Susko is a metaphysical time keeper, a philosophical detective sifting through the
desolate inconclusive evidence left by war and human desolation… He is a
cinematographer of language.’
‘Susko’s poems are not light reading; they are important reading. No lover of poetry will be disappointed.’
‘Mario Susko’s poems make no false promises, but instead offer authentic experiences and, yes, pleasures.’
‘The most intelligent and passionate poet alive today.’
Alan Corkish, editor of erbacce-press
The following titles were published in 2016 and are still available: Angles & Visions, a collection of film poems by Anthony Costello (March); The Emigrant’s Farewell, a chapbook by James W. Wood (June); Four American Poets, an anthology edited by Anthony Costello (September); and Dust, a chapbook by Bethany W. Pope (December).
A Slow Blues, New and Selected Poems by David Cooke.
A Slow Blues contains work from three previous collections by David Cooke, one of The High Window‘s two founding editors, alongside A Virtual Tour, a sequence of more recent poems:
‘David Cooke is a fine poet. Out of the diverse cultures and histories explored in Work Horses, he draws his civilized pattern.’
William Bedford, The London Magazine
‘Multi-layered, and laced through with heart and humanity, this is a collection to be admired initially and re-visited.’
Wendy Klein, The North
‘Cooke’s sensibility is European in a way unusual for an English language poet. There is a fine sensuousness in the language … a book of unexpected, quiet pleasures.’
Catriona O Reilly, Poetry Salzburg Review
‘Cooke’s lyrical insight and precision make the personal universal.’
Poetry Book Society Bulletin
‘… a welcome lack of showiness.’
John Greening, Times Literary Supplement
March 2016: Angles & Visions by Anthony Costello.
The poems in Angles & Visions have all been inspired by cinema. A life-long cineaste, Anthony Costello has been compelled, often in haunting and obsessive ways, to construct his own personal filmography and place it in the poetic present.
‘Angles and Visions is a collection of elegant poems, playfully structured around the discourse of film history, and ideas of watching, pretense, performance and the often lonely gaps between art and reality.
In the poems, Anthony Costello evokes cinematic atmospheres and references that have become embedded in Western culture His writing is clear and subtle. He uses imagery sparely and often to strong effect. Many of his poems display a really dextrous patterning of sound (How the stairwells resemble / film noir: Brighton Rock / or Hangover Square).
Anthony Costello feels like a man who has travelled. Both the sensibility and formal principles of the collection seem more cosmopolitan than specifically British. I found this refreshing. Woven into the poems are fleeting glimpses of personal story or preoccupation, but this is not a confessional collection; there is layer, irony and humour here, as well as deadly seriousness: we have film noir, illustration, ancient myth, horror, painting, world literature, soft porn, soundtrack, thriller, theatre, mask, cinematic process, and cultural stereotype.
While Costello’s writing has a light touch, there is finally a sense of melancholy in the central voice. This is perhaps, intrinsic to the theme. The collection focuses on ideas of representation, and sometimes, alienation. The effect is to give the collection a concern with separation and a lingering undertone of sadness.’
‘Costello’s poems contain some beautiful and highly musical lines that bespeak a love of poetry and all it can bring.’
Nick Cooke, Sentinel Literary Quarterly
June 2016: The Emigrant’s Farewell by James W. Wood.
The Emigrant’s Farewell tells of the migrant Scots who made Canada their home. Updating the traditional Scots ballad, the poem weaves together stories of imaginary immigrants from the nineteenth, twentieth and early twenty-first centuries to ask questions about how immigrants change and are changed by the cultures they inhabit. As Canada grows, the poem asks us to remember those “whose names have died/yet live on in the streets and cities of this place” – the Scots, whose pioneering activities gave birth to so many of Canada’s institutions but who are now broadly forgotten.
‘James W. Wood’s far-reaching poem explores notions of emigration, both past and present. The Emigrant’s Farewell is a powerful epic written in a tense, muscular style, the language pulsing and echoing the faded history of ship-building and lost industry in his native land.’
Noel Duffy, author of In The Library of Lost Objects and On Light and Carbon
‘James W. Wood’s poetry couples a finely tuned ear with a remarkable mix of passion, idealism and down-to-earth good sense.’
Andrew Philip, author of The Ambulance Box
‘James W. Wood is a talent to be reckoned with: both lyrical and humane, he has a technical ability with language that shines through every poem and a versatility that enables him to range effortlessly from elegy to satire.’
Jane McKie, founding editor, Knucker Press
‘James W. Wood is fired by an intense love of the art, informed by extensive study and a keen ear for cadence and phrase.’
Helena Nelson, founding editor, HappenStance Press
‘James W Wood’s The Theory of Everything is an exceptional first volume of verse.’
Professor Emeritus Brian Cox
Available now: Four American Poets edited by by Anthony Costello.
In this groundbreaking new anthology Anthony Costello has presented a selection of work from Philip Fried, Nicole Callihan, Jay Passer and Michalle Gould. The American edition has already been received enthusiastically by, amongst others, award-winning US poet Thomas Lux:
‘I don’t believe I’ve met my fellow countrymen and – women represented here, but I am familiar, to one degree or another, with their work. I love Philip Fried’s elegant quarrels with the cruelty and ignorance of the world or, more precisely, its inhabitants. Nicole Callihan’s poems are edgy—serrated edgy—smart, jazzy, and entirely her own. I am very moved by Jay Passer‘s hyper-energy, his playfulness, his irreverence, his anger, and his huge heart. Michalle Gould is another original. Her poems are fearless, skilfull, and her range is wide. May the ocean that separates our poetries find more bridges like this anthology!
‘Philip Fried’s thrillingly crafted poetry hauls in language itself for interrogation.’
Carol Rumens, The Guardian, January, 2015
‘Nicole Callihan’s writing is so unpretentious and alive and interesting.’
Jean Valentine, New York State Poet Laureate (2008–2010)
‘As Louis Aragon’s surrealist take on the streets of Paris illuminates
Paysan de Paris, so Jay Passer’s sublime vision of the gritty streets of San
Francisco elevates both his poetry and prose.’
Lawrence R. Smith, founder and editor of Caliban and Caliban online.
‘Michalle Gould writes poems of an almost exquisite refinement, illuminated by the taut glow of sensuous prosody and imagery.’
Michelle Detorie, poetry editor of Entropy
Forthcoming in December 2016: Dust by Bethany W. Pope.
In her most recent collections Bethany W. Pope has given ample testimony to her skill in composing complex sequences of acrostic sonnets, while at the same time maintaining passion and intensity. In Dust, a chapbook containing twelve engrossing new poems, she returns to the freer, more open-ended forms she used to such effect in A Radiance, her impressive debut.
‘Like a seed that lodges in the brain and slowly germinates, the deeper meanings emerge gradually long after the final sonnet has been read.’ Jonathan Doyle, New Welsh Review
Undisturbed Circles is an impressive achievement, and it is remarkable that an almost OCD fixation upon the conceptual possibilities of strictly regulated form should produce a work that feels utterly unbound in its creative scope.’ Steve Nash, Sabotage Reviews
Pope’s writing has an intensely visual quality. Her use of imagery is strong – often unflinchingly so.’ Neil Fulwood, Stride
‘In Bethany W Pope’s A Radiance darkness and light play before the eyes with extraordinary and often disturbing effect.’ Sarah Cole, New Welsh Review