The Liberties Press poetry range has recently been augmented by the aquisition of stock from Doghouse Books, which has recently closed after ten years in publishing. On the shelves at Liberties Upstairs we have a selection of recent Doghouse titles, including an anthology that marked the publisher's ten year anniversary. Ten Years in the Doghouse showcases the work of twenty-nine poets whose work has been published by Doghouse since 2003.
The origins of this anthology lie in a decision in 2003 by the Scribblers Writers Group to publish a collection featuring work previously read at open mike events called Poets' Corner, held in Harty's Bar in Tralee every Bank Holiday Monday. If you have been wondering where the name 'Doghouse' comes into it, then here's the answer. The work of putting the anthology together took place in an old converted greyhound kennel, therefore the supposedly one-off project was published under the name 'Doghouse'.
Heart of Kerry contained the poetry of eighty-five writers and was launched at Poets' Corner in 2004. From those beginnings Doghouse went on, as a not for profit organisation to publish new work by Irish born or resident writers. This book is the forty-ninth publication. Our own Gabriel Fitzmaurice once said 'Buy a full set of Doghouse books, in time they will be collector's items' (2005). Even if you don't want to buy a set, why not call in to us and browse the selection that we have in stock? And here's a very short taster from the anthology (as it happens it's the final poem of the book):
The Autumn Leaf
I stepped aside from the falling leaf
but it touched me on the shoulder,
silent, weightless like a spirit,
before it wound its way downwards
to be claimed by ground.
Doghouse and Liberties Poetry