5th August 2013
‘What a wonderful, glorious gift, your beautiful book, I could just eat it, in fact I have, almost. I think the cover is made out of the lampshade in my kitchen – about as far from shiny as it’s possible to go, very fine indeed.’
Candy Neubert, novelist and poet on ALLOTMENT
The BookartBookshop wrote a wonderful review of Next-to-Nothing in their Blog:
Shed Press Publications, London.
The introduction to this new book of poems reads “you hold in your hands the very first Shed Press Publication.” This emphasis on the tactile is apt for a book that is, in part, all about hands – hand-bound, hand-printed, even the photographs that accompany the poems are originals, chemically developed in their “Dark Shed”. The result is a truly beautiful object.
The poems themselves speak of the loss of sight “Blindness approaches with such clumsy brushstrokes”. Descriptions of dusk are accompanied by dimly exposed photographs of fields and trees. You get a sense that something is slowly slipping away, that we are being left with “Next-to-nothing”. But for all this loss, it is the little things that we can revel in all the more, as with the line from Charleston’s title poem, “the leaf stuck to my wrist like a small fish/ after bringing in an armful of logs.”
We hope to see more publications soon from this promising new Press.
NEXT-TO-NOTHING is in a limited edition of 102 copies, available in the bookartbookshop now.– Jon Lander
Jo Waterhouse keeps a beautiful blog called TOOT where she writes about her findings.
She found our book: