Patricia Scanlan / Ink Sculptors Press


[Jacket of Patricia Scanlan's Yell ow (1988)]

Yell ow consists mainly of short vertical poems about a Belfast felt on the skin as fear and violence, bullets, kneecappings and tar-and-featherings: but sometimes transmitted through candy and food additives. Here's a couple of samples:


  High


         h
      c     ed
Pit

Siren

ing

army

          fire,

dragging

heels
rubbers

on these
city
streets
               again
Tonight
-  To
morrow
Un til     when  -


(“/High”)


Bee
chs
Marzi
pan*
Bitches
Coffee
Screams
with
WALL
Nuts*
Bitches
Milk
Shock   late
Make
a
Ruins*
Bitches
Shock
Too
Late
In
Her*


(from “SWEET BELLE FEAST”)


Here, just for fun, is a hastily thrown together and probably incomplete bibliography of Patricia Scanlan's Ink Sculptors press, compiled mainly from Google searches. The press seems to have had two periods of activity, the first (Cork) in 1988 and the second (London) between 1992-1995, at which time its name was slightly altered to Ink Sculptors/Cult Productions. Corrections or additions will be warmly embraced... 

MP 

INK SCULPTORS LIMITED
18 Woodbrook Road, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland.

Poets Aloud Abú

Authors: various, Editor: Patricia Scanlan.
1988
Paperback, 366 pages.
ISBN:  978-1871671000

A poetry anthology produced to accompany a Poets Convention in Cork, edited by Patricia Scanlan. Some of the proceeds were donated to the severely handicapped poet Davoren Hanna (1975 -1994).   Contributors included Seamus Heaney, Mary O’Donnell, Leland Bardwell, Pat Boran, Máire Bradshaw (see also below), Robert Greacen, Knute Skinner, Katie Donovan, Eileen Casey, and several poems in French and Irish with English translation. 

Bible Rain Dance

Author: Stuart Coughlan
1st November, 1988
Paperback, 110 pages
ISBN: 978-1871671100

Yell ow

Author: Patricia Scanlan
1988
Paperback, pages i-ix and 1-129.
ISBN: 978-1871671159

(See above for samples)

Instinct

Author: Máire Bradshaw
1988
Paperback, 56 pages
ISBN: 978-1871671056

Three Dimensional Sin

Author: Patricia Scanlan
November 1988
Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN: 978-1871671205



INK SCULPTORS
34 Waldemar Avenue, Fulham, London
and
18 Woodbrook Road, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland

High Time for All the Marys

Author: Máire Bradshaw, Editor: Patricia Scanlan
1st April 1992
Paperback, i-viii and 1-67 pages
ISBN 978-1871671256

Note: Máire Bradshaw, Cork-based author b. 1943. (Máire is pronounced MOY-ra, approximately.) She was active in various women's organizations and her feminism strongly marks the whole of this collection. Short poems with mostly autobiographical content, e.g. this from "Family Ties" about her missed son Donough (away working on the Channel Tunnel):

his dog the only one for hugs
for the rest of us -
a glance - a smile will say it all - no i
won't say how his brothers asked each day -
will donough come - missing the crumpled bed -
the disgruntled 'fuck off' through a haze
of smoke -
yet this is the kind of day he'd come
a slattery's bus could be passing
through waterford right now
or maybe he's reached dungarvan
or the great sea by youghal


INK SCULPTORS/CULT PRODUCTIONS

London

Graffiti: Seven Cauchemars

Artist: Andrzej M[aria]. Borkowski
1992
Limited signed edition, paperback, 8 pages.
ISBN: 978-1871671605

Note: 7 prints showing nightmarish scenes. First print shows a coffin with a hand emerging and other prints show grotesque or strange characters.

Anastasia opening

Poems by Jeremy Reed, with collages and design by Andrzej M[aria]. Borkowski
1992
Limited edition, 10 leaves in portfolio. Illustrations consist of mounted photo-reproductions; portfolio consists of plexiglass bound with pink ribbon.
ISBN: 978-1871671507

Anastasia in Purple Leopard Spots

Author: Jeremy Reed
1st May 1992
Limited signed edition, hardcover, 30 pages
ISBN: 978-1871671551

Unthoughts

Author: Les Coleman
30th May 1992

Note: A collection of aphorisms and drawings, subsequently followed up by Unthinking (Littlewood Arc, 1993) and Unthunk (Errata, 2002).

You: Crayon, Candle, Label

Author: Patricia Scanlan
June 1993
Hardcover, 8 x 5.8 x 0.6 cm
ISBN 978-1871671957

Segmenting the black orange: tribute to Marc Almond

Text and Poems: Jeremy Reed, Artwork: Daniel Morgenstern; Compiler: Patricia Scanlan
1st May 1994
Limited signed edition, 14 + 2 pages.  Each leaf of text is printed over a portrait of Almond. Includes, in addition to the text: a translucent overlay sheet of the portfolio cover and another of the illustration (30 x 24 cm.); a piece of black circular net fabric (13 cm. in diameter) threaded with orange feathers. The portfolio is held together by a piece of silver wire (ca. 104 cm. long) with a clear faceted sphere (2 cm. in diameter) on the end.
ISBN: 978-1871671063

Note: Apparently a collectable because of the Almond connection, now on sale at prices of around £1,000

Torch Lighters: Poems for Singers

Author: Jeremy Reed, Illustrator: Daniel Morgenstern, Editor: Patricia Scanlan
1st May 1994
Deluxe Edition Hard Cover, 12 pages, limited signed edition.
ISBN: 978-1871671018

Curve of Forgetting

Author: Richard Makin
1st August 1994
Hardcover, 40 pages
ISBN: 978-1871671759

Thinking of Li Po: Poems of Philip O’Connor

Author: Philip O’Connor, Illustrator: Andrzej M[aria]. Borkowski
1st August 1994
Hardcover, 50 pages
ISBN: 978-1871671162

Sub Object Unknown: Arttext

Author: Andrzej M[aria]. Borkowski, Editor: Patricia Scanlan
1st September 1994
12 Pages, Limited signed edition
ISBN: 978-1871671858

Diva culture: poem object

Author: Jeremy Reed, Artist: Monika Duda, Compiler: Patricia Scanlan
1995
Envelope tied with green ribbon, containing several pieces
ISBN: 978-1871671315

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