Archive for November, 2018

The Lesser Mortal

November 26, 2018


There ought to be more poems about science. We’re living through a remarkable age of discovery about the universe, and of speculation about its nature and origins. We can see almost to the beginning of time and almost to the very heart of the elementary particles. Shouldn’t poets be explorers of such  great subjects?

Of course, it’s actually useless to dictate what poets ought to write about, since the good poems are those that have to be written, coming from the themes that truly grip the poet. So most poets will continue to write mournfully of love and death and maybe of Mr Trump and Brexit.

Still, it seems a missed opportunity. So I was glad to receive a pamphlet from Happenstance (beautifully produced as all their pamphlets are). It’s The Lesser Mortal by Geoff Lander. Its twenty-one poems are all light-hearted verse reflections on the history of science, neatly expressing some of the big stories of post-Einstein discovery.

Geoff Lander has appeared in Snakeskin. Here’s an  example of his work, a jolly explanation of the periodic table. If you like this, you’ll enjoy The Lesser Mortal.

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Potcake chapbooks

November 18, 2018

Snakeskin poets seem to be spreading their wings everywhere these days, and the latest enterprise to feature several of them is the new series of Potcake Chapbooks, published by Samson Low.

These are neat little pocket-sized pamphlets, sixteen pages packed with poems, mostly witty, all featuring the snap and buzz of rhyme.

The first pamphlet, Tourists and Cannibals, is about travel; the second, Rogues and Roses is full of poems about love and sex. More titles are on the way.

Edited by Robin Helweg-Larsen, whose work will be familiar to Snakeskin readers, these modestly priced (£2.60) pamphlets are just the right size for slipping in with a Christmas card to spread seasonal good cheer.