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The Thrum Edition

Deep in the heart of Thrum this month you’ll find the heady talents of one of Helena Nelson’s Happenstance Press triumvirate, Niall Campbell (finally alongside Richie McCaffrey and Theresa Muñoz, who appeared in NLP earlier on in their careers) in his short collection for NLP – ‘Thrum’ – which would summon the hive to “rouse/ its … Continue reading

The From the Ruins Edition

In 1995, singer Natalie Merchant released her song ‘San Andreas Fault’, in which the tectonic plates under San Francisco took on a sinister, human aspect, “mov[ing their] fingers/ through the ground” – a reference, perhaps, to the huge 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, or others since. In Merchant’s song, the fault-line of the past and … Continue reading

The Code Edition

There is a physicality to the way we record things – a place for memory – that appears in code; we call this language. It is learnt through sight, touch, sound, and is arguably site specific. “The narratives respond directly to the land, as the land responds directly to the… stories”, writes David Abram in … Continue reading

The Tresspass Edition

Nothing as bombastic as Frank O’ Hara’s manifesto for Personism, but with a soft-hued version of his sentiment: “I’m not saying that I don’t have practically the most lofty ideas of anyone… but what difference does that make? They’re just ideas. The only good thing about it is that when I get lofty enough I’ve … Continue reading

The Ghost Edition

In NLP’s winter edition, we have found a league of spectres to accompany you amongst the silent shifting of the snowflakes. Don Paterson and Alison Watt’s recent collaboration at the Ingleby Gallery, where Watt’s artwork was accompanied by Paterson’s succinct verse, allowed Paterson to release the ghosts from Watt’s mesmerising pieces. In an attempt to … Continue reading

The Punctum Edition

“I will always listen to outsiders. They have a lot to give”, says Sally Evans in her interview for this month’s Punctum Edition. Sally is the quiet radical of Scottish poetry, evident in her deep and abiding love of books at Kings Bookshop in Callendar (along with husband and fellow poet Ian W King), her … Continue reading

The Quiet Snowfire Edition

NLP’s Microsessions last month was a fiery snowstorm of words, poetry, film, music & art. We are still recovering. Thanks to all those who got involved, we hope you enjoy Delaina Haslam’s photo-review of the event – a veritable smorgasbord of flying & settling words that created a quiet blizzard at the top of Leith Walk. In this … Continue reading

The Are We Ersatz? edition

“…Ah! You are a happy fellow,” said Mr Farebrother, turning on his heel and beginning to fill his pipe. “You don’t know what it is to want spiritual tobacco – bad emendations of old texts, or small items about a variety of Aphis brassicae, with the well-known signature of Philomicron, for the Twaddler’s Magazine; or … Continue reading

The Universe Edition

According to Buzz, the character in Kathleen Rocksavage’s new short story for NLP, each person “inhabits a universe that most resembles a celestial book that writes its own stories”.  In her second short collection of poetry for NLP, prize-winning poet Alice Willington continues to explore this solitary and imperfect sphere – as the poet reveals, … Continue reading