Utah poet and artist is part of new global series of poetry books

A US poet, artist and home carer has penned the fourth book in a new worldwide series of affordable cutting-edge poetry books.

Spanish born Jairo Dealba (30) who lives in Utah, said he was delighted that his book Sonnets was chosen to help kick start the international series.

It’s the thrill and an honour to have my own book of sonnets published alongside so many highly regarded international poets,” he added.

UK based publisher Nic Outterside’s Cast Iron Poetry series aims to recreate the world-famous City Lights publications of the 1950s and 60s; in an effort to make printed poetry affordable for everyone.

The new series of books, which retail at just £3.50 each (US$4.88), include the work of contributors from places as diverse as New York, Kolkata, Oklahoma, Austria, Paris, Miami, Chennai, Delhi, London, Merseyside and California.

The books will be published world-wide at regular five-week intervals throughout the year, in a not-for-profit venture.

More than 60 years ago, set against a post-war US government, the City Lights Pocket Poets books shared the counter-culture thoughts of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and others to millions of people who believed their own voices were unheard.

Apart from Ginsberg’s seven collections, many of the early Pocket Poets volumes have attained the status of classics. These include: True Minds by Marie Ponsot (1957), Golden Sardine by Bob Kaufman (1969) and Revolutionary Letters by Diane di Prima (1971).

Now Cast Iron Poetry hopes to do the same for writers in this third decade of the 21st century.

Even the simple monochrome design of the book jackets mirror the early City Lights publications.

The first book in the series – published in November 2020 – was penned by Nic himself and titled Reality Cornflakes in a deliberate homage to Ginsberg’s 1963 pocketbook Reality Sandwiches.

The second book A Moon Magnetized This Screeching Bird by revered New York poet A.i. Firefly ensured that the Cast Iron Poetry series had an early global feel and the third book The Arbitrary Fractals of and Oracle by Merseyside poet Cassie Fielding added a surreal aspect to the series.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism award winning editor Nic took early retirement in 2013.

In 2015, he set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and Sonnets is his 19th published book. The book includes a short eulogy Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the founder of City Lights, who sadly died as Sonnets was going to press.

Nic said: “The idea for these books came after random discussions with other writers and editors, and suddenly we had a global team of like-minded creative artists.

“None of us will make any money from this venture. The £3.50 UK price point just about covers printing and publishing costs. Cast Iron Poetry is a true labour of love to make modern printed poetry affordable to all.”

Sonnets and other books in the Cast Iron Poetry series are all available as (5”x8”) pocket paperbacks.

Priced at £3.50 (US$4.88) (CDN$6.21) (e4.05) from most Amazon global portals:

St Helens writer forms part of new worldwide poetry series

A Merseyside writer, single mum and home educator has penned the third book in a new worldwide series of affordable cutting-edge poetry books.

Cassie Fielding (40) from St Helens, said she was ecstatic that her book The Arbitrary Fractals of and Oracle was chosen to help kick start the international series.

It’s the thrill of a lifetime to have my own book of surrealistic poetry published alongside so many highly regarded international poets,” she added.

Wolverhampton based publisher Nic Outterside’s Cast Iron Poetry series aims to recreate the world-famous City Lights publications of the 1950s and 60s; in an effort to make printed poetry affordable for everyone.

The new series of books, which retail at just £3.50 each, include the work of contributors from places as diverse as New York, Utah, Oklahoma, Austria, Paris, India, Miami, London and California.

The books will be published world-wide at regular five-week intervals throughout the year, in a not-for-profit venture.

More than 60 years ago, set against a post-war US government, the City Lights Pocket Poets books shared the counter-culture thoughts of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and others to millions of people who believed their own voices were unheard by the mainstream politics of the time.

Apart from Ginsberg’s seven collections, many of the early Pocket Poets volumes have attained the status of classics. These include: True Minds by Marie Ponsot (1957), Golden Sardine by Bob Kaufman (1969) and Revolutionary Letters by Diane di Prima (1971)

Now Cast Iron Poetry hopes to do the same for writers in this third decade of the 21st century.

Even the simple monochrome design of the book jackets mirror the early City Lights publications.

The first book in the series – published in November 2020 – was penned by Nic himself and titled Reality Cornflakes in a deliberate homage to Ginsberg’s 1963 pocketbook Reality Sandwiches.

The second book A Moon Magnetized This Screeching Bird by revered New York poet A.i. Firefly ensured that the Cast Iron Poetry series had an early global feel.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism award winning editor Nic took early retirement in 2013.

In 2015, he set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and the Cast Iron Poetry.

The Arbitrary Fractals of and Oracle is his 18th published book.

Nic said: “The idea for these books came after random discussions with some of the poets who took part in my earlier anthologies. “They in turn introduced me to others and suddenly we had a global team of like-minded cutting-edge writers.

“Then to get the brilliant Cassie Fielding to pen the third book was a fantastic bonus.

“None of us will make any money from this venture. The £3.50 price point just about covers printing and publishing costs. Cast Iron Poetry is a true labour of love to make modern printed poetry affordable to all.”

Reality Cornflakes, A Moon Magnetized this Screeching Bird and The Arbitrary Fractals of an Oracle are all available as (5”x8”) pocket paperbacks.

Priced at £3.50 from Amazon.co.uk

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Former newspaper editor recreates 1950s counter culture with series of new books

A unique series of affordable cutting-edge poetry books has been launched by a retired regional newspaper editor.

Award-winning editor Nic Outterside’s Cast Iron Poetry series aims to recreate the world-famous City Lights publications of the 1950s and 60s; in an effort to make printed poetry affordable for everyone.

The new series of books, which retail at just £3.50 each, include the work of contributors from places as diverse as New York, Oklahoma, Austria, India, Utah, London, Rotterdam, California and Merseyside.

The books will be published world-wide at regular six-week intervals throughout the year in a not-for-profit venture.

More than 60 years ago, set against a post-war right wing US government, the City Lights Pocket Poets books shared the counter-culture thoughts of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and others to millions of people who believed their own voices were unheard by the mainstream politics of the time.

Apart from Ginsberg’s seven collections, many of the early Pocket Poets volumes have attained the status of classics. These include: True Minds by Marie Ponsot (1957), Golden Sardine by Bob Kaufman (1969) and Revolutionary Letters by Diane di Prima (1971)

Now Cast Iron Poetry hopes to do the same for writers in this third decade of the 21st century.

Even the simple monochrome design of the book jackets mirror the early City Lights publications.

The first book in the series – published in November 2020 – was penned by Nic himself and titled Reality Cornflakes in a deliberate homage to Ginsberg’s 1963 pocketbook Reality Sandwiches.

Now the second book A Moon Magnetized This Screeching Bird by New York poet A.i. Firefly has ensured that the Cast Iron Poetry already has a global feel.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism Nic took early retirement in 2013.

During those years he scooped more than a dozen major press awards, including Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year and North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, and in 2016 was awarded an honorary doctorate for his services to written journalism.

Nic edited The Argyllshire Advertiser, The Buchan Observer, The Galloway Gazette and the Denbighshire Free Press.

In 2015, he set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and the Cast Iron Poetry books are his 15th and 16th publications.

Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

The Wolverhampton-based editor said: “The idea for these books came after random discussions with some of the poets who took part in my earlier anthologies. “They in turn introduced me to others and suddenly we had a global team of like-minded cutting-edge writers.

“Then to get the brilliant A.i. Firefly (a veteran of the New York poetry scene) to pen the second book was a fantastic bonus.

“None of us will make any money from this venture. The £3.50 price point just about covers printing and publishing costs. Cast Iron Poetry is a true labour of love to make modern printed poetry affordable to all.”

The third book in the series The Arbitrary Fractals of an Oracle by Merseyside based surrealist poet Cassie Fielding is due to be published in mid February.

Reality Cornflakes and A Moon Magnetized this Screeching Bird are both available as (5”x8”) pocket paperbacks

Priced at £3.50 from Amazon.co.uk

www.amazon.co.uk/Reality-Cornflakes-Cast-Iron-Poetry/dp/B08NM4XTGQ/