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Ten Poems from Russia Selected and Introduced by Boris Dralyuk
In association with Pushkin Press
My love of poetry takes me back to my youth when I used to write poetry in my free time. As the years passed I discovered Russian poets as well as Russian literature. It became a love and an obsession. It is my great pleasure to introduce one of the latest releases by Candlestick Press. Ten Poems from Russia which have been selected and introduced by Boris Dralyuk in association with Pushkin Press.
These poetry pamphlets are just the most wonderful introduction to Russian Poetry if you have not yet discovered this. For anyone who knows and understands Russian poets and poetry they will know it is in fact more than just poetry. It encompasses all and everything that is Russian.
Just mentioning the name of Alexander Pushkin evokes many memories for me as I began my love affair with Russian literature and poetry. There are ten poems that have been selected by Boris Dralyuk and without doubt my favourite poem in the collection is My Country Mikhail Lermontov. This is just Russia in verse.
Ten Poems from Russia.
Prologue to Ruslan and Lyudmila by Alexander Pushkin
My Country by Mikhail Lermontov
To Alya by Marina Tsvetaeva
“Take from my palms some sun.. by Osip Mandelstam
In Memory of Sergey Yesenin by Anna Akhmatova
The Lost Tram by Nikolay Gumilyov
Hamlet by Boris Pasternak
The Stroll by Yuri Kazarnovsky
“I still find charm…” by Georgy Ivanov
Bouquet by Julia Nemirovskaya
Candlestick Press are a small independent publisher based in Nottingham and were founded in 2008. The team consists of four dedicated people in Di Slaney (Publisher), Kathy Towers (Assistant Editor) and two admin assistants. Their aim is simple to spread the joy of poetry to adults and children alike who love poetry and or may be just beginning their journey in to enjoying poetry. These small pamphlets are just ideal for bedtime reading or like I have been doing and that is enjoying them on journeys and are just perfect to be given as a gift.
Thank you to Candlestick Press for the review copy of Ten Poems from Russia.
Ten Poems from Russia was published by and was published on 1st June 2018 and is available through selected Waterstones bookshops and also Amazon and through your local independent bookshop.
Ten Sexy Poems by Candlestick Press
Last November I wrote a blog piece on a small independent publisher of some of the most unique and incredible poems which was so well received and also many messages about where people could find their poetry pamphlets.
With St Valentine’s Day coming up tomorrow I thought I would showcase one of their very latest titles that was released last month. Ten Sexy Poems that captures the extraordinary power of desire. Ten incredible poems from Neil Rollison’s tenement building stirred by the passion of loving couples on St Valentine’s night to DH Lawrence’s painterly celebration of a beautiful woman as she washes in early morning sunshine.
The collection consists of poetry by the following:
- Scent by James Sheard
- The Ecstasy of St Saviours Avenue by Neil Rollinson
- December 11th by Anne Sexton
- For Desire by Kim Addonizio
- The Shipwright’s Love Song by Jo Bell
- Ramadasi by Shazea Quaraishi
- Hidden Rose by Wayne Burrows
- A Kiss Remembered by MR Peacocke
- Gloire de Dijon by DH Lawrence
- This Morning the Postboy Brought Me a Letter by Hilary Davies
This is desire by poetry straight from the heart and I have to say that my favourite is Gloire de Desire by DH Lawrence. Apples, roses, Oysters, chocolate and even the strong pungent aroma of cheese all stir the senses for love and all captured in ten exquisite poems of love and desire.
Happy St Valentines Day for tomorrow.
My thanks to Kathy Towers at Candlestick Press for the review copy of Ten Sexy Poems.
Ten Sex Poems published by Candlestick Press was released on 19th January 2018 and is available through some Waterstones and also from Amazon.
Publisher Spotlight – Candlestick Press
It was the run up to Christmas 2014 and I was looking for a Christmas card but something unique and different from the normal Christmas cards that we buy. I was in Waterstones bookstore in Exeter and came across The Christmas Wren a small pamphlet size booklet and is written by Gillian Clarke in response to Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales a beautiful look back at a Welsh Christmas through the eyes of a child. Magical time of year on wonder, snow and baubles. Published by Candlestick Press. This was just what I was looking for. The response was one of real joy. Every Christmas since I have bought a number of these and sent them either on their own or along with a card. The beauty of these pamphlets is that they come complete with their own matching bookmark and envelope.
Just recently I was delighted to receive in the post a package from Candlestick Press containing some of their recent releases and they are just magical. Poetry and short stories that will be cherished for many years. The idea of sending one in the post to a loved one for any occasion will be a delight to anyone who receives one. So just who are Candlestick Press?
Candlestick Press are a small independent publisher based in Nottingham and were founded in 2008. The team consists of four dedicated people in Di Slaney (Publisher), Kathy Towers (Assistant Editor) and two admin assistants. Their aim is simple to spread the joy of poetry to adults and children alike who love poetry and or may be just beginning their journey in to enjoying poetry. These small pamphlets are just ideal for bedtime reading or like I have been doing and that is enjoying them on journeys.
They have published so many of these beautiful pamphlets on a wide range of topics from Christmas to Cricket, from Dogs to Sheep and even Clouds. With the festive period now upon us this is an ideal time to think of sending cards to loved ones and friends. But there is something a little different from Christmas Cards and that is one from Candlestick Press.
Christmas Garland – Ten Evergreen Poems
Ten new poems by contemporary poets celebrating the natural world and how it enriches the idea of Christmas. One the darkest day of the year, the ancient tradition of ‘bringing in the greens’ is a sign that Christmas is close.
Christmas Stocking – Five Festive Poems for Children – Selected by George Szirtes.
We all enjoyed opening our Christmas Stockings on Christmas morning. This is a wonderful and delightful way of bringing the excitement of Christmas to your children as the big day approaches. Perfect to read before bedtime.
Christmas Crackers – Ten Poems to Surprise and Delight
From busy Christmas malls to the bah humbugs this specially commissioned collection is to be enjoyed and will bring the festive period closer. These poems are just wonderful.
Fourteen Festive Sonnets – Selected and Introduced by James Nash
From a department store’s reluctant Father Christmas to a herd of ponies that break loose from their hobbles to gallop to freedom. A lonely house waiting for snow and the quiet company of a Christmas tree. A wondrous collection with Christmas at its very heart.
Holly and Ivy by Sean O’Brien
We all have sung The Holly and the Ivy at Christmas some of us still do. But here is a contemporary and original take on the old tale. A distant father, a vodka-fuelled stepmother, a fall of snow and some carol singers who are not quite what they seem. Get comfortable and to be enjoyed with a cup of your favourite drink. Log fire is optional. This I loved and will love every Christmas from here on.
Candlestick Press have poetry and short story pamphlets to cover almost everything. Among some of my favourites are:
The Wood in Winter by John Lewis-Stempel
From the Waintwright Prize Winner writer, comes a beautiful piece of nature writing focused on a wood through the bleak midwinter. Looking at traditions of times gone by and his close encounters of the wildlife that inhabit the wood through this time of year. With illustrations by the wonderful Angela Harding. This is a little book that will be treasured by anyone who loves nature writing at its very best.
Ten Poems about Birds
Ten beautiful poems about birds. Those remarkable of creatures that brighten our everyday world. From The Tawny Owl to the Snipe and then the Swallow. With contributions from John Clare, Emily Dickenson, Beautiful poems and words to treasure. A donation will be made to The Owls Trust.
Ten Poems about Sheep – Introduced by Alison O’Neill
We tend to take Sheep for granted, they grace our landscape but how many of us actually much about Sheep and the vital contribution they make to the countryside. These poems reflect just that and the hardships that it takes to looking after Sheep. Introduced by Shepherdess and textile designer Alison O’Neill who can be found on Twitter ( @woolismybread ) posting the most remarkable photos of her life as a shepherdess in the beautiful Lakeland fells.
These are just a small selection of the poetry pamphlets available to buy direct. Your local bookshop may even have some in stock. Alternatively have a look at their website: Candlestick Press Each of the pamphlets cost under £5.00 and they are more than a worthy gift, they will be treasured. I have already bought a selection ready to send to friends and loved ones this Christmas and I am looking forward to seeing more releases through 2018.