The press was very active for the first 12 years of its existence, publishing some 46 items, including the six issues of the journal The Lace Curtain. Since 1979, there have been approximately 12 new titles, some of them in collaboration with British small press publishers.
The press was committed to help revive interest in the modernist tradition in Irish poetry, and to this end they published Thomas MacGreevy's Collected Poems, Brian Coffey's Selected Poems and a special 1930s issue of the journal, all in 1971.
In addition to work by Coffey, MacGreevy, Joyce and Smith, New Writers Press authors included Jack Spicer, Anthony Cronin, Michael Hartnett, Augustus Young, Tom MacIntyre, Patrick Galvin and Antonio Machado (in Smith's translation).
Richness of the many poetries Giacomo Leopardi: Selected Poems trans. Eamon Grennan, Dedalus Press, 123pp, 9.95/ 6.95; Stone Floods by Trevor Joyce, New Writers' Press, 52pp, 5.99; What Trudy Knows and Other Poems by Knute Skinner, Salmon, 103pp, 6.99
Dec 09, 1995; THESE three very different volumes indicate how disparate is the state of contemporary verse; and how inclusive, extended and...