New from Rebecca Tamás – Strangers: Essays on the Human and Nonhuman
We are delighted to announce Strangers by Rebecca Tamás! Published October 8 2020
In Strangers, Rebecca Tamás explores where the human and nonhuman meet, and why this delicate connection just might be the most important relationship of our times. From ‘On Watermelon’ to ‘On Grief’, Tamás’s essays are exhilarating to read in their radical and original exploration of the links between the environmental, the political, the folkloric and the historical. From thinking stones, to fairgrounds, from colliding planets to transformative cockroaches, Tamás’s lyrical perspective takes the reader on a journey between body, land and spirit—exploring a new ecological vision for our fractured, fragile world.
The striking cover, illustrated by Frontwards Design is based on the books unique perspective on ecology. Head to our site to read an excerpt from ‘On Greenness’ – one of seven brilliant new essays in the book.
On Watermelon • On Hospitality • On Panscychism • On Greenness • On Pain • On Grief • On Mystery
You can pre-order the book today in one of two limited edition options—both with free UK postage: a standard edition with 20% off the cover price and a bundle option (limited to the first 50 pre-orders) in a hand-stamped newsprint wrapper with a screen printed book bag and set of Strangers badges. Scroll down for more info. The has been full-colour litho printed and perfect-bound on uncoated Munken paper stock.
Rebecca Tamás’s poetry and criticism has been published widely. She is the co-editor of Spells: Occult Poetry for the 21st Century, with Sarah Shin, published by Ignota Books and her first poetry collection, WITCH was published by Penned in the Margins in 2019; to praise from the Poetry Book Society, the Guardian, Telegraph, Irish Times, TLS, White Review and The Paris Review. Rebecca is a lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University, where she co-curates The York Centre for Writing Poetry Series.
Limited pre-order bundle with screen-printed bag, badge set and hand-stamped book.
**Limited to the first 50 pre-orders only**
We have also produced a limited run of these screen printed organic heavy shopper bags, 58mm badge sets and hand-stamped newsprint-wrapped editions for the pre-order bundle. The bags are screen-printed on both sides with eco friendly water-based screen printing inks – they are 350mm wide x 320mm deep and have a long strap so you can carry it over your shoulder.
For booksellers, the ISBN is 9781916060890. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any PR queries.
Praise for ‘WITCH’ by Rebecca Tamás (Penned in the Margins, 2019)
‘My heart pounded as I read WITCH; I felt as if Tamás’s words were burning the page as I read. WITCH is sexy, frightening, and cerebral at once; full of the weight of history, while also being witty, contemporary, and playful. What Tamás does with language, and with the legacy of the witch, is thrillingly strange. She is the real deal.’
– Katherine Angel
‘Opening with a “penis hex”, WITCH is intent on reclaiming the sorcerer as a symbol of female empowerment, conjuring spells where “the smell of freedom is the smell of vomit”. Freewheeling and spirited, these poems tend to take the form of lengthy streams of consciousness, blurring statements, non sequiturs and disembodied confessions to unpick themes as various as logic and friendship.’
– Ben Wilkinson, The Guardian
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