Format: Hardcover, 69 pages
Publisher: Stanza Press, March, 2010
*LIMITED EDITION OF 300 COPIES ONLY!!*
*SIGNED BY BEN BALDWIN - THE COVER ARTIST!*
Come - take my hand, and wander with me off the coastal path and into that strange
hinterland between earth and water, where life and death walk together, and where the rolling sound of the sea is a siren's luring voice, a wild, clear call that echoes in the blood and cannot be ignored . . .
The seaside is a unique place, a magical no man's land caught between the ever-changing waves and the stolid earth, and just as diverse.
Off-key music heralds tawdry end-of-pier shows and run-down fairgrounds, with their dilapidated ghost trains and fluorescent candy floss.
Pathetic holidaymakers brave the vile weather, too scared to brave the vile landladies, who run their faded-wallpaper-and-cabbage-scented B&B domains with rules set in stone.
As you pick your way over pebbles, or sunbathe in the sand, perhaps you'll see
pirates, breasting the waves, or monsters, lurking beneath, or hear mermaids, beckoning you closer with a song, or the bells of lost Atlantis, in the deeps below.
Or perhaps you may come upon the lonely, the bereft, the hopeless, walking forever beside the sea, oblivious to all now but the pull of the tide . . .
This unique, evocative collection gathers thirty poets from across seven centuries, to explore the shadowlands beside the restless waters off and the coastal path.
Atlantis by Clark Ashton Smith
Triptych by Donald Sidney-Fryer
The Sea Went Away by Ray Bradbury
The Storme by John Donne
Three Seas by Tanith Lee
The Port by H.P. Lovecraft
Pier, Beneath by John Kaiine
The Sea-Wife by Rudyard Kipling
To Her Sea-faring Lover from Tottel's Miscellany (1557 )
The Daemon Lover
My Last Landlady by Neil Gaiman
Sea Fret by Brian Lumley
The Great Sellie o' Suleskerry
Shuck by Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Ghost Crab's Woman by Marly Youmans
Creation of the Horse by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Great Unknown by Joel Lane
A Half-Broken Heart (On Brighton Pier) by Robert Edric
Keepsake by Peter Crowther
Night Watch by Dana Gioia
Mermaid by James Reidel
The Beach in August by Weldon Kees
Cape Vacatown by Unknown (after Weldon Kees)
Lost by William Hope Hodgson
Admiral Death by Henry Newbolt
Souls Under Water by Judith Barrington
In 1962, on the Harbor Ice by T.M. Wright
Something Happened by Patrick LoBrutto
On Different Shores by Jo Fletcher
Day's End by John Gordon