laudanum chapbook anthology: volume one
Joey Connolly, Philip Terry, Stuart McKenzie
ed. Tondut (Tiffany Anne), 2016
Poets: Connolly, Terry, McKenzie
This anthology features the chapbooks of three distinctive poets: Philip Terry's du Bellay, Stuart McKenzie's The Dead Weight of Beauty and Joey Connolly's Moderns.
du Bellay - based on Les Regrets (a collection of sonnets by 16th century poet Joachim du Bellay) is a wonderfully scabrous exposé of working life at university. Moderns is another deft re-working, this time exploring notions of origin and constancy in a world, according to Edwin Morgan, ‘as variable as vast’. Reinvention is also inherent in The Dead Weight of Beauty – a pen-sharp retrospective of delinquents, supermodels and ‘disco-damaged darlings’ – in which reverie and reality, high and low fashion, compete for significance in a culture of self-absorption.
"And the constant
temptation to reach beyond what's
suitable, beyond bounds, into the dense red
of yourself, your vague
and useless gloss."
- Joey Connolly, Coming to Pass
Philip Terry is Director of the Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Essex.
Among his books are the lipogrammatic novel The Book of Bachelors, a translation of Raymond Queneau’s last book of poems Elementary Morality, and the poetry volumes Oulipoems and Shakespeare’s Sonnets. His novel Tapestry was shortlisted for the 2013 Goldsmith’s Prize. Dante’s Inferno, which relocates Dante’s action to current day Essex , was published in 2014, as well as a translation of Georges Perec’s I Remember. A new volume of poetry, Quennets, was recently published by Carcanet in 2016.
Stuart McKenzie is a visual artist / lecturer living and working in London.
His poems have appeared in various magazines including AnOther Magazine, Plu Magazine, Envoi, Southbank Poetry, The Interpretors House, The Delinquent, Boscombe Revolution and Urthona as well as featuring in Sounds of the Front Bell anthology published by ‘The Group’ featuring poems from the John Stammers writing group. He was featured poet in Magma 63 'The Conversation Issue', is author of Creative Fashion Illustration (Bloomsbury) and is vocalist / guitarist with band Wild Daughter.
Joey Connolly lives in London where he manages Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair.
His poetry and criticism have appeared in publications including The Poetry Review, The Sunday Times, Poetry London and Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt), as well as on BBC Radio 4. He received an Eric Gregory award in 2012, and his first collection Long Pass recently appeared with Carcanet in February 2017.
Tiffany Anne Tondut is laudanum's founding publisher, series editor and designer.
She studied Fashion Design & Illustration at the London College of Fashion before transitioning into Threatre Studies (BA) and later achieveing a Masters in Poetry at Kingston Univserity.
Her poetry has been published in various publications including The Rialto, Magma, Poetry News and Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. In 2015 she was a prize winner in The Troubadour's International Poetry Prize.
She lives and works in London.