Apr 4, 2014
Alex Dally MacFarlane

Verse Kraken launch!

Last night I went to the launch of issue 2 of Verse Kraken, a zine edited by Claire Trévien and Tori Truslow. The new issue will be online soon; at the launch, the contributors present read their work – a really enjoyable mix of poetic, experimental pieces – and the editors sold out the super limited print edition. It’s stuck into old copies of The Handbook of the British Astronomical Association, in places a palimpsestical collage: my poem, “Three Palimpsests on Ganymede”, is on a page called Lunar Occulations. Look:

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Two more glimpses: Alex Boyd’s “St Kilda (The False Land)” and the back, listing items published in earlier editions of the handbook, including “Pleiades, The” and “Stars, The Brightests and Nearest”.

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My favourite piece at the launch was Hel Gurney’s “The Book Remembers”, an audio palimpsest of Anglo-Saxon voice and women’s stories. I also loved James Coghill’s “Sunt Stellae XIII: Three Surrealist Translations”. Very short pieces lend themselves well to a reading event: there’s plenty of variety, and ample time between and after the readings to actually talk to people. (I’m not such a fan of reading events that are just the readings.)

An excellent, tentacular night!

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  • Sounds excellent. I enjoy the Verse Kraken posts on Tumblr.

  • […] “Palimpseas” and Deya Mukherjee’s “The Colour of Prayer”. There is a lovely review (with photographs) by Alex Dally MacFarlane here, which also names my piece as her favourite of the evening – thank you so much, […]

  • […] Verse Kraken had a launch party which I couldn’t attend, all the more sadly after reading Alex’s write-up. I had been preparing to talk about how strange it feels, writing such a summery story in summer […]

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