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Green Fields: sorted for songs

The time has come – check whether your favourite made it onto the festival mix-tape.

Play loud at 17.45 and together, in our minds, let’s meet on the ledge. Enjoy!

Here’s the list:

Intro: Pink Floyd v David Bowie
I Wanna Be Adored – Stone Roses
Starman – David Bowie
Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Touch the Sky – Kanye West
All You Good Good People – Embrace
Sorted For Es and Whizz – Pulp
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
Jolene – Dolly Parton
No Surprises – Radiohead
Meet Me On the Ledge – Fairport Convention
Any Colour You Like – Pink Floyd

Mixed by DeC – from the kitchen 2020.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our virtual launch of Green Fields over on the Poetry Village during week – here’s a fitting end from one of our editors with a few memories of better times.

In the End (festival party)

The garden is tiered
and falls away from the house
towards the one road
that leads both in and out.
As bright as any ocean
against the sky blue,
the trees that we planted
are now shaped by
storms, their shadows
part of the land.

Together we paint signs:
Green Fields, Shangri-La,
and Cirque du Soleil,
that point our guests
past lavender, rosemary
and thyme and on towards
the shelter of leaf-light
and the Maytree hedge
that offers shelter
from so much unknown.

Then the fire is lit:
Ian downs a Pot Noodle cup
full of local ale;
Wendy paints the moon
and stars above a child’s eyes
as Michael recites poetry
to a small but appreciative crowd.

Later we find Zak,
half asleep and seeking something
he’ll never find at the bottom
of Gardenia’s best Tupperware.
Three months from now
the good souls will stand shoulders
with him at the crematorium.
They’ll wear black.

And all this is pretend.
Hushed voices circle past trees
towards stars eclipsed
by distant city lights.
The dawn will soon cast a mix
of pinks, blues and a new green
over the tiered garden washed
clean with summer dew.
Then the birdsong: first a solo,
tentative, before a chorus
of call and response.
The sky still holds a moon.
Only sometimes can we feel
the Earth’s dizzying spin.

David Coldwell

 

 

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Maytree 17 – Aziz Dixon

We are very pleased to announce details of Maytree 17 which will also be the second Three Trees special edition released this year.

Because of the War by Aziz Dixon will be released in July and we’ll be posting more details about this stunning debut in the coming weeks.

The cover features the photograph, Remembrance by Marsden photographer Ian Ladbrooke taken at the Remembrance service held annually at the top of Pule Hill, Marsden.

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The Kingdom – Matt Duggan

To celebrate World Poetry Day 2020 we thought we’d give you a sneak preview of the forthcoming Maytree 14.

The Kingdom by Matt Duggan will be released on the 10 April and each copy comes with a free art card.

The book is currently available to pre-order directly from Matt – contact here

Copies will be available from our on-line webstore and all good book shops following release.

 

Reflections on my 49th Year

I dreamt that we were once beautiful
kicking white leaves in autumn daylight —
collecting cloud speech bubbles
while we danced on crystal paths of sun
allowing the breeze to ease around my body.

Hear that sound — like birds in flight
whispering as the rats are singing;
ears have sharpened teeth
when time can be so ruthless?

How praise became a crooked blade —
a reflection held inside a tinted mask
that only smiled at its own self-deception.

We hear the price of folly
stripped away as a disguise for a dime of popularism —
how those actors came and went —
like changing costumes in a badly performed
tragedy of somebody else’s life.

Matt Duggan

 

 

 

 

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Green Fields: sorted for poems

Throughout the modern age artists, performers, poets and musicians have rallied the battle-cry that the show must go on and continued to amaze and entertain beyond adversity. No more. Today the music venues, concert halls, theatres and clubs are empty as we look towards unknown futures. We see flood waters recede leaving green fields that once played host to summer festivals that will now only offer solitude in a land confused with itself.

Watching the news, it was with some inevitability that the launch of our new anthology Green Fields would succumb to the virus but we were still deeply saddened and shocked to hear that the whole of the Huddersfield Literature Festival was cancelled. Whilst we hope to see some of the festival events re-arranged, unfortunately due to other commitments later in the year and the number of readers involved it’s simply not possible to re-arrange another event for Green Fields.

Green Fields will be released on the 25 March and you can pre-order now to make sure that you’re one of the first to receive this wonderful collection of poems inspired by music and music festivals. Whilst we can’t pretend that poetry will make the world a better place we can say that Green Fields is the perfect antidote to our current situation. Let us transport you to the hazy lazy summer days, filled with music and love.

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Kaiser Cheese

Eyesh tryna get in
Eyesh tryna she Kaiser Cheese
Eyesh shaving up all year
Eyesh adshum bevvies on coash

Bounsher dushnt lemme in
Nosh fish shtate he shez
Eyesh shed you black you black eyesh shed
Thashit enough he shez and chush me out

Oushide Shraymansh
Eyesh mesh fish Fishfaysh man
From Shalfur Harfish Shellowfish
And Fishfaysh shez

Geeshush nailed to crosh
For my shin

Ed Reiss

 

Underneath the Stars
The people have no wish to be a ‘folk’ – Bertolt Brecht

We’re a fair field full of folk,
assembled here for music in the last,
long August days of sunshine,
in a Barnsley hinterland as beautiful
as any Tuscan landscape.

We are modern people: friends and families
from everywhere, and though we love
our shared mythology — green fields, green men,
chalk horses, standing stones and sullen ghosts
on still more sullen moors — we’re wary

of what those who’d have us be ‘a folk’,
would do with it: plunge us in blood
and ancient hatred; re-fight wars whose hell
few now live on to recollect; make us so scared
of what’s outside, we’re pliant to their will.

We are gathered in the big tent. Billy Bragg
tells us he isn’t ‘folk’ and sings words from a world
as anxious and dishonest as our own. He sings us
You fascists are bound to lose: we sing it back
three thousand voices underneath the stars.

Mike Farren

 

 

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Isol-8

We understand that these are extraordinary and extremely worrying times for many people and Maytree would like to send some love out into the world. If you’ve found that you’re having to self-isolate or are looking for that perfect gift for family and friends then why not take advantage of our limited offer.

Pop over to our on-line shop now where you can purchase eight Maytree poetry pamphlets for a special price of only £40.00. This includes free UK postage.

Please let us know if you’d like to take advantage of this offer but have already purchased individual pamphlets and we’ll refund the difference.

Look after yourselves.

Best wishes

The Maytree Team.

 

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Fizz and Hiss

March sees the release of our first Three Trees special edition, Fizz and Hiss by Johanna Boal.

Three Trees editions are not only unique for their striking black and white designs but Maytree Press has promised to donate a minimum of twenty books to chosen schools, libraries and community groups. The recipients have been chosen in consultation with the author. We are delighted that our first batch have already been sent off to the library at HMP Humber and we can’t wait to contact to the two schools that Johanna has chosen to receive future copies.

Priced at only £7.00 with free UK postage, you can now order Fizz and Hiss direct from Johanna or from our on-line store.

Don’t miss this opportunity to start your truly unique Three Trees collection of beautiful poetry pamphlets.

Fizz cover

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First Kiss – cover reveal

Whilst we may dream of those darling buds of May, rough winds have indeed shaken Maytree HQ over the past month but, undeterred, we’ve continued our plans for the year ahead and those endless summer days.

First Kiss is a remarkable debut collection from Yorkshire born writer Cara L Mckee due for release in May 2020. The cover features the painting Ophelia by renowned British artist Annie Ovenden. We can’t begin to tell you how thrilled we are that Annie allowed the use of the image and offered such kind words about Maytree. You can find out more about Annie from her Wikipedia page here

Ophelia
Oil on prepared board Original size 910mm x 760mm

Cara, who now lives on the west coast of Scotland, initially came to our attention after submitting a selection of wonderful poems to The Poetry Village. Her poetry has also been widely published in other places such as Anima Magazine, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, The Interpreter’s House, Ink Sweat & Tears, and 404 Ink. We can’t wait to share more of her work with you in the near future.

Don’t forget, The Poetry Village is now back open for submission for our new environmental project, Earth Shadow. Find out more here

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