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POEMS BY FRANCES KRUK * MARIANNE MORRIS * ANNA MENDELSSOHN

CRITICISM BY EL CARELESS * CONNIE SCOZZARO


Frances Kruk is a contemporary Polish-Canadian poet living in London, UK. Recent writing can be found in journals such as Damn the Caesars, Sous les Pavés, onedit, fhole, ditch, and HOW2. She has exhibited visual work and performed solo and collaborative poetry, music, and interdisciplinary projects in various parts of Canada, USA, Cyprus, Ireland, and the UK. She edited the occasional micropress yt communication with Sean Bonney.Recent publications include: Down you go, or, Négation de bruit (Punch Press, 2011) ; A Discourse on Vegetation & Motion (Critical Documents, 2008); dig oubliette (yt communication, 2006); clobber (yt communication, 2006).


Marianne Morris was born in Toronto and raised in London. She holds a BA in Literature from Cambridge, after receiving which she worked as a secretary for three years. She founded the small press Bad Press in 2002, whose early output COCTEAU TURQUOISE TURNING was produced at a city bank and distributed for free. She is currently undertaking research for a practice-based PhD in contemporary poetics at University College Falmouth. Recent publications include Commitment (Critical Documents, 2011), and Tutu Muse (Fly By Night Press, 2008). Webpages at: http://mannemo.tumblr.com


Anna Mendelssohn was a British poet, as well as a political activist and artist. Born in Stockport in 1948, her politics were inspired by the student uprisings in Paris in 1968-9. In 1971 she was arrested and convicted of conspiracy to cause explosions as part of The Angry Brigade, a verdict which she always insisted was unjust. She attended the universities of Essex and Cambridge. Reticent about publishing in her lifetime, she nevertheless consented to the publication of three booklets of her poetry by Cambridge-based press Equipage under the literary pseudonym Grace Lake: Viola Tricolor (1993); Bernache nonnette (1995); Tondo Aquatique (1997). Other publications include La Facciata; Poetical Histories, no.5 (Cambridge, 1988) and Parasol One. Parasol Two. Parasol Avenue (Involution, 2006). In 2000 a full book of Mendelssohn's poetry, Implacable Art, was published by Salt under its 'Folio' imprint and Equipage, under the name 'Anna Mendelssohn'. A later pamphlet, Py, was published by Oystercatcher press in 2009. Following her death in 2009, her friends were faced with the near-impossible task of retrieving and preserving her papers --an effort which took over six weeks-- the archive has since been moved to the University of Sussex, where it remains unorganised. The publication of these poems, and the accompanying commentary and essay, is part of a larger effort on the part of her friends and readers to uphold the reading of her work.

Also See:
Onedit 1 [www.onedit.net/issue1/anna/anna.html]
C-leaves 3 [http://badpress.infinology.net/Cleaves/issue3/cambridge/cambridge.htm]
Peter Riley's obituary, published in The Guardian, Tuesday 15th December 2009

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