Monday, 3 September 2012

Sea Pie

I have just received a copy of the anthology, Sea Pie, which is published by Shearsman Books.  This book is a selection of work that originally appeared in pamphlets from Oystercatcher Press, the Norfolk-based poetry press that won the inaugural Michael Marks Award.  A poem of mine from my pamphlet, Make Nothing Happen, is included and (despite this fact) the overall quality of the anthology is extremely high.  Stylistically and thematically it is also extremely varied, supporting what Oystercatcher's editor Peter Hughes says in his introduction: "'schools' are best reserved for children, fundamentalists and whales".  I would highly recommend picking up a copy.

And in case you are curious about the name, Sea Pie is both an old name for the oystercatcher and also a kind of layered meat and fish pie which is known to have been served to sailors in the 18th Century.  A similar pie exists in Quebec where it is variously referred to as cipaille, cipâtes or six-pâtes.

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