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School of Forgery, Salt, 2012
£12.99, 96pp

Poetry Book Society Recommendation
School of Forgery plunders the treasure-filled territories between original and derivative, fabricated and found, real and imagined. Comprising translations, travesties, knock-offs, collages and impersonations, weird forms and wild tales, incorporating the fantastic, the erotic, the historic and the macabre, it's a book of pan-dimensional, intertextual adventure.
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The structure of School of Forgery is ingenious and impressively intricate. Its slotting architectures are slit, mortised and battened. I retyped some of the poems to test if they shattered under the process. I snapped sequences and tried soldering them back together - patterns, leitmotifs and codes abounded and proliferated on re-connection. I stress-tested their timbre by reading poems aloud and yielded a cadence of genuine feeling within the multifaceted, mega-fabricated, louche architecture.

David Morley, Magma

Pruning would leave us all the poorer. Stone is a poet of fantastic inversions ... His wit stings like the tang of mustard ... Bold coinages and leaps of thought leave Stone's poems echoing, beyond novelties of physical description, into new spaces in the mind.

Alison Brackenbury, Poetry London

These are poems with an edge, or rather, multiple sharp edges, poems as elaborate 'fabrications' challenging conventions of form and voice. This is an inspired, integrated debut, endlessly inventive, with a lively intertextuality and a wide frame of reference. The language is both playful and hard-wrought, words at high voltage, words as collector's items.

PBS Selectors' Comments

The sincerity of affectation, the aesthetic sentimentality, of these poems, is a new beast. There is skill, craft, technique here, and off the shelf pop references, but also a step-change level of intricate game-playing. For want of a better word, this really is dandyish. It's European stuff. Rich, thick, arty, revelling in the accessible opacity, the frostwork jouissance.


Scarecrows, Happenstance, 2010
£4.00, 32pp

Includes prize-winning poem 'Jake Root'.
Scarecrows sees prophecies, spells and lies begin to take on the nature of truth, as they loom from the shadows and reach into recognisable instances of everyday life. Jonathan Crane, Shinto spirit Kuebiko and Hawthorne's Feathertop are some of the actual scarecrows included, but alongside them you'll find a collage of Christina Lindberg trailers, a Satanic pastiche of Larkin's Aubade, updated versions of Yosana Akiko's tanka and much more besides.
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Jon Stone writes angry, beautiful poems which access parts of your mind you didn’t know you had. Surreal but engaged, a ken for new sounds and a perfect ear for meter. It’s hard to capture the sense of joy I get from reading this collection. It’s like walking into a record shop that stocks all the rare stuff by your favourite bands or, I don’t know, a bookshop that still has a poetry section bigger than half a shelf.

Luke Kennard

Stone is well-read, keen of ear and a very, very fine technician, but what wins me over is his divine crankiness. He has a flair for tall tales of criminals, charlatans and monsters, told from the skewed perspective of the people who admire them.

Marcia Menter, Sphinx

Stone is attracted to the melodramatic and entertains through the use of a poetic style that swaggers through a number of different personae and time periods.

Chris Horton, Poetry London

Thra-koom, Silkworms Ink, 2010

Free e-pamphlet
Eleven poems exploring the roles of superheroes and comic characters – as myths, monsters, invalids, metaphors, stereotypes and human beings – using the only medium that doesn’t require a license.
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Treasure Arcade, Sidekick Books, 2011/2013

Free e-pamphlet/limited edition extra
Originally written for the 40th anniversary of the first commercial arcade game, Treasure Arcade comprises one computer game poem for every year from 1971 to 2011, all written to a short four-line form invented specially for this pamphlet. A 2013 edition included two new poems and was offered as a reward for backers of Sidekick's Coin Opera 2 Kickstarter fundraiser. This version was printed as a colour-illustrated booklet.
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Riotous (w. Kirsten Irving and Cliff Hammett), Sidekick Books, 2013
£5, 24pp

Saboteur Award winning collection of sonnets written for the animals of London's tropical zoo, printed in a hand-bound volume with variant colours for the cover and ink illustrations by Cliff Hammett. Includes 'Hissing Cockroach', which won Kirsty the 2011 Live Canon competition, and 'Blue Poison Dart Frog', which was highly commended in the 2011 National Poetry Competition.
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A pretty and big-hearted object ... [in] the witty, all-inclusive school of Elizabeth Bishop. As far as nature poetry is concerned, that’s tough to beat.

Dave Coates, Sabotage

No, Robot, No! (w. Kirsten Irving), Forest Publications, 2010
£2.00, 36pp

Co-written with Kirsten Irving under the pseudonyms of Eve Bishop and Roy Marvin (can you get all four references?), this is a mixture of collaborative and individual pieces that study the speculative phenomenon of the sentient robot, playing with Asimov's rules, as well as notions of function and failure, memory and maintenance.

Collaborative writing at its best: fruitful, fresh, with both Stone and Irving's writing benefiting from the alliance.


Such heroic nonsense.


Dr Fulminare's Bard Games (w. Kirsten Irving), sold with Fuselit: Tilt

A micro-collection of co-authored poems written according to the rules of various tabletop games, including dominoes, battleships and jenga.
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The Emma Press Anthology of Fatherhood
edited by Rachel Piercey/Emma Wright
The Emma Press, 2014

Silence dominates, as poets explore words unspoken and feelings suppressed, but reconciliations also emerge from unlikely places: through wearing a father's gloves; through ghostly meetings in pubs and train stations; and at the bottom of the garden by the shed. This is a deeply moving, honest and truthful book about fatherhood.
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Drawn To Marvel: Poems From the Comic Books
edited by Bryan Dietrich/Marta Ferguson
Minor Arcana Press, 2014

An anthology covering five decades of poetry about comic books and includes work from over 100 writers of diverse backgrounds. It is the first and only poetry anthology of its kind, and pays homage to characters like The Avengers, The Justice League, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Swamp Thing, to name a few.
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The Mimic Octopus
edited by Richard Osmond/Will Harris
13 Pages, 2014

Within the pages of this anthology, a host of poets both established, prize-winning names and exciting, next generation writers – proudly fly the flag for inauthenticity by translating, versioning, interpreting and imitating other writers – sometimes even each other!
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The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse
edited by Rachel Piercey/Emma Wright
The Emma Press, 2013

In twenty-three exquisite poems, nineteen poets from across the world celebrate the diversity and eccentricity of human sexuality with their stories of chance encounters and lingering memories.
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Where Rockets Burn Through
edited by Russell Jones
penned in the margins, 2012

Blasting into the future, across alien worlds and distant galaxies, fantastic technologies and potential threats to humanity, Where Rockets Burn Through brings science fiction and poetry together in one explosive, genre-busting collection.
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Split Screen
edited by Andy Jackson
Red Squirrel Press, 2012

Split Screen centres on 72 specially-commissioned poems from some of the UK's finest poets. Each poem takes its lead from an icon of popular culture, either from the world of film or television. From Doctor Who, Tom and Jerry, Bond movies, The Clangers to It's A Wonderful Life, from Tommy Cooper to Jayne Mansfield, each poem is a personal take on a popular theme.
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Adventures in Form
edited by Tom Chivers
penned in the margins, 2012

Welcome to a strange new world in which a poem can be written using only one vowel, processed through computer code, collaged from film trailers, compiled from Facebook status updates, hidden inside a Sudoku puzzle, and even painted on sheep to demonstrate Quantum Theory ...
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The Best British Poetry 2011
edited by Roddy Lumsden
Salt Publishing, 2011

The Best British Poetry 2011 presents the finest and most engaging poems found in literary magazines and webzines over the past year. The material gathered represents the rich variety of current UK poetry. Each poem is accompanied by a note by the poet explaining the inspiration for the poem.
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City State: New London Poetry
edited by Tom Chivers
penned in the margins, 2009

City State showcases the work of twenty-seven London writers between the ages of 16 and 36. From hyperlinked walks of Battersea bombsites and guerilla gardening projects to jagged urban lyrics and dark hymns to the East End, City State presents a confident, entertaining and truly diverse snapshot of the best new poetry from London.
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Coin Opera 2: Fulminare's Revenge
(editor/contributor), December 2013

Mixing existing poems by well-known performers like Ross Sutherland and Nathan Penlington with newly commissioned work from a plethora of young writers, Coin Opera 2 uncovers the surprising similarities between the two mediums: the hidden rules and restrictions, the role of rhythm and structural repetition, the need to access that vital space between ‘too hard’ and ‘too easy’ which snares the human imagination, and, fundamentally, the importance of play.
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The talent on display bends, breaks, and celebrates those strange commonalities between poetic form and video game aesthetic, and, though the results are sometimes jarring, they’re always captivating. They move from light-hearted musings to anecdotal epiphanies, all the while toying with what the reader can expect not only what poetry is but also what poetry does.


Even if you’re not into poetry, Coin Opera 2 is a fantastic curio to have on your bookshelf. Where else are you going find a poetry collection with titles such as ‘Daley Thompson plays Daley Thompson’s Supertest on a ZX Spectrum Emulator?’ No-where. That’s where.


Birdbook: Freshwater Habitats
(editor/contributor), November 2012

The second volume of Sidekick Books’ sure-footed, full-feathered tour of our native avian population takes us to lakes, marshes and rivers, where surely enough, a sumptuous conglomeration of birds cavort, sidle, gaggle, squabble and goggle. Expanding on the richness and variety of the first book, this collection draws together the work of a further array of poets and illustrators, each active in their own field. It makes for a festival of styles almost as multifarious as the subjects themselves, and just as certain to evoke fascination and breathy delight!
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Birdbook: Towns, Parks, Gardens & Woodland (editor/contributor), April 2011
£10.00, 158pp

Korsakoff's Paper Chain (editor), November 2010
£5.00, 76pp

Pocket Spellbook (editor), October 2010
£5.00, 46pp

Obakarama (editor), December 2009
£5.00, 40pp

Coin Opera (editor/contributor), December 2009
£5.00, 48pp