Saturday, January 22, 2011

Covers of Deliria and Sacred Fix, published by Cold Turkey Press

Photo: courtesy of Cold Turkey Press archive.

Deliria was first published by Cold Turkey Press, Rotterdam in 1971, then reprinted by Small Spaces Press, Johannesburg in 1995. Sacred Fix was published by Cold Turkey Press in 1975.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sinclair Beiles in New Writers 3, published by John Calder, 1965

Sinclair Beiles was one of the writers featured this issue of the New Writers series published by John Calder in the 1960s. Beiles's contribution is small - just four poems covering 15 pages in an overall volume of 130 pages - but the fact that he was recognised and included by such a prestigious avant-garde publisher of that time is evidence of the value of his work.

The other contributors were David Mercer, Alexander Trocchi and Nick Rawson.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sinclair Beiles on surrealist poetry

'Most surrealist poetry became mannered and in its quest for unusual relationships between words, and ideas, was set down at the expense of feelings and motives. The poems became beautiful seashells devoid of life.'

Sinclair Beiles, from the introduction to Marta Proctor's Offering of fire.