El Asombrado by Les Wicks now available on the Rochford Press Issuu ebook site

Rochford Press originally published El Asombrado by Les Wicks back in 2015. It was first published as a stand-alone website but after 5 years we are migrating the publication to a readable eBook on the Issuu platform. Accessing El Asombrado will cost $4.99 which will allow you to read the collection on your computer, tablet, phone or other supported device. It will also allow you to download a pdf version to read in your eBook reader of choice.

El Asombrado was Les Wicks 12th book. The title loosely translates to “He Who Watches and is Amazed” The book is a selection of work from over the past 15 years up until 2015  presented in both Spanish & English. The translator, Colombian G. Leogena is a master of the art.

Rochford Press will be trialing the use of the Issuu platform to provide inexpensive access to out of print titles as well as the publication of stand-alone collections, exhibition catalogues and anthologies.

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Les Wicks reviews ‘Open’ by Sarah St Vincent Welch

Open, by Sarah St Vincent Welch was reviewed by Les Wicks in the on-line jounal Plumwood Mountain along with Anne Casey’s second collection out of emptied cups. Wicks says of Open:

We the readers should approach a new title looking for some if not all of the following: unity of concept, consistency of poetic exploration, innate veracity and the processes to surprise / enrich / illuminate.

Open meets all these criteria. I love the imagery – have you ever wondered if it was possible for someone to craft a new image from that most observed of phenomena, the moon? St Vincent Welch does it three times: ‘moon lead / bruise’ (5), ‘the new moon follows / like an excited dog’ (9) and the brilliant ‘porthole moon’ (7). Image is not used promiscuously but rather carefully placed like the methodical gardener. Delight in the ‘powder of age’ (2), ‘my breasts are empty sails’ (7), and ‘kneeling bus’ (16), interspersed with a crisp, clear even occasionally vernacular language.

He concludes:

Open, is an enriching book with a reach far beyond its limited number of pages.

You can read the full review at  https://plumwoodmountain.com/les-wicks-reviews-open-by-sarah-st-vincent-welch-out-of-emptied-cups-by-anne-casey/

You can oder Open from the Rochford Press Bookshop https://rochfordpress.com/rochford-press-bookshop/

Open by Sarah St Vincent Welch $10

Rochford Press titles avaliable from The Little Lost Bookshop, Katoomba

The complete range of Rochford Press recent titles are now available from The Little Lost Bookshop, Shop 10, Hapenny Lane, 181 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, New South Wales. They are next to the Blue Mountains Food Co-op so you pick up your organic vegies and a chapbook in the one shop.

Of course if you can’t make it to Katoomba you can always order all Rochford Press titles online at https://rochfordpress.com/rochford-press-bookshop/

The Selected Your Friendly Fascist: Pictures of a Launch

The Selected Your Friendly Fascist was launched by Alan Wearne at the Friend in Hand Hotel in Glebe on Sunday 21 October 2012. Fortunately for such an auspicious occasion many pictures were taken. Here are some of them……

(Copies of The Selected Your Friendly Fascist can be ordered from http://members.optusnet.com.au/rochfordstpress/)

Alan Wearne in the process of launching The Selected Your Friendly Fascist
John Edwards, Co-editor of the original Your Friendly Fascist magazine, recalls the excitement of putting together the magazine.
Joanne Burns reading from The Selected Your Friendly Fascist.
Rae Desmond Jones, editor of The Selected Your Friendly Fascist
Billy Marshall Stoneking reading from The Selected Your Friendly Fascist
Nicholas Pounder’s reading was one of he highlights of the launch.
Joseph Chetcuti traveled from Melbourne to read at the launch
Denis Gallagher reading from The Selected Your Friendly Fascist.
Richard Tipping reminiscing.
Richard James Allen bringing down the house…or at least The Friend in Hand Hotel.
Joanne Burns, Rae Desmond Jones and Joseph Chetcuti.
Photographs by Joseph Chetcuti, Rae Desmond Jones and Francesca Sasnaitis.

Alan Wearne to launch The Selected Your Friendly Fascist – edited by Rae Desmond Jones. Sunday 21 October 2012 at the Friend In Hand Hotel, 58 Cowper Street, Glebe, NSW.

The return of the Gestner Revolution……sort of….

Rochford Street Press is proud, and a little bit surprised, to announce the double launch of P76 Issue 6 & The Selected Your Friendly Fascist, Sunday 21 October 2012 at the Friend In Hand Hotel, 58 Cowper Street, Glebe, NSW

Alan Wearne will launch THE SELECTED YOUR FRIENDLY FASCIST edited by Rae Desmond Jones:

“Your Friendly Fascist was a poetry magazine so deep underground that it caused tremors among persons of a pious literary persuasion on the dread occasions of its appearance. The magazine served as an ou
tlet for views and feelings which are not expressed in polite company. Your Friendly Fascist was not the only outrageous small literary publication of its time, but it took pleasure in divergent views. Poetry can tend to sombre pomposity, or the self –consciously polite. If there is a secret to the Fascist’s modest success, it is in the energy with which it rode on the un-ironed coat tails of unruly expression. Rae Desmond Jones and John Edwards remained at the helm of the magazine despite frequent inebriation, from the magazine’s beginnings in 1971 to its final burial with absolutely no honours at all in 1986. Rae Desmond Jones has made a selection of material that appeared in YFF and pulled together an creation that sits well with the ratbaggery tradition that was Your Friendly Fascist.”

Welcome (Archived)

Welcome to Rochford  Press. Rochford Press was set up in the late 1980s to publish P76 magazine. In all it published 5 issues of P76 which was one of the leading independent Australian Literary magazines of the late 1980’s. It also published 4 books:

  • Les Wicks (Cannibals … Humans Have Soft Centres)
  • Dipti Saravanamuttu (Statistic for the New World),
  • Rob Finlayson (Songs Ov Th City Ov Desire and Fear)
  • Mark Roberts (Stepping Out of Line).

Rochford Street Press emerged from a long slumber in late 2011 and established the on-line review site Rochford Street Review. It will shortly publish two new publications  in a limited hard copy edition. The two publications are:

  • P76 Issue 6 – The Lost Issue. This was an issue of P76 which was being compiled during 1992 and 1993 but, for a number of reasons, never saw the light of day. Now, 19 years later it is finally set to emerge into another century!
  • The Selected Your Friendly Fascist. Your Friendly Fascist was a poetry magazine so deep underground that it caused tremors among persons of a pious literary persuasion on the dread occasions of its appearance. The magazine served as an outlet for views and feelings which are not expressed in polite company. Your Friendly Fascist was not the only outrageous small literary publication of its time, but it took pleasure in divergent views. Poetry can tend to sombre pomposity, or the self –consciously polite. If there is a secret to the Fascist’s modest success, it is in the energy with which it rode on the un-ironed coat tails of unruly expression. Rae Desmond Jones and John Edwards remained at the helm of the magazine despite frequent inebriation, from the magazine’s beginnings in 1971 to its final burial with absolutely no honours at all in 1986. Rae Desmond Jones has made a selection of material that appeared in YFF and pulled together an creation that sits well with the ratbaggery tradition that was Your Friendly Fascist.

We will be posting more details soon. In the meantime, if you would like more information please contact us at contact@rochfordpress.com