Current publishing and design projects at Five Seasons employ three different printing processes.

We continue to publish occasional individually-designed books of poetry, graphics, essays and translation — which are printed for us by offset litho. The two latest titles are Bread and Caviar by Paul Merchant and Hariot Double by Gavin Selerie.

For the Five Seasons Broadsides series we have now revived our letterpress office.

New work by Gary Snyder, Alan Halsey and others is now available, together with some ‘lost’ earlier Snyder broadsides.

Some of our publisher-customers require high-quality design and typesetting combined with digital printing. For these customers we are now sending our press-ready files to a supremely good digital printer.

For the latest Five Seasons publications for your bookshelf rather than your wall, see Recent books. For all available publications see Titles in print.

Glenn Storhaug, editor and publisher



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Cover of Remarks of Uncertain Consequence

A thematic gathering of uncollected poems,
prose & incidental notes 2009 – 2021

Alan Halsey revisits scenes from his childhood in south London and in a sequence of prose poems reflects on his absence in his late mother’s photo collection. He also offers remarks on notions of heritage and empire, palaeontology, book dealing and collecting, the Great War, George the 3rd, Pompeii, psychoanalysis, etymology, dystopias, ageing, the Restoration court, leasehold, the Dulle Griet and pandemics among other topics in an array of eighty-one pieces, mostly poems, begun in 2009 and finished during the 2021 lockdown.

£14 plus £2.10 UK postage
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Alan Halsey

Alan Halsey, who died on Friday 14 October 2022, reading pages 172-173 of Marginalien

During the forty-three years I have made books & broadsides by my very dear friend Alan, I have been on unforgettable expeditions through meanings, musics, twists & turns of word & image with unequalled jokes and profundities. Philosophy, poetics, political acuteness in forceful but considered measure with not a whiff of dogma. (Alan would probably replace the second syllable of dogma.) And not once in approx. one thousand pages did Alan stray by so much as a comma from his original typescripts as we worked through subsequent letterpress & litho proofs which, freed from textual changes, were devoted entirely to ways of fitting language into the space around it.

Glenn Storhaug


Latest Five Seasons Shortside

Number three (December 2019). Click to enlarge

Binsey Poplars by Gerard Manley Hopkins, written after the clear-felling of a row of poplars on a bank of the Thames near Oxford in 1879. Handset in 24pt Bembo and handprinted on mouldmade Somerset 100% cotton 250gsm buff paper. 375×280mm. £17.00 plus £5 for UK postage in a customised box (not a tube).

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Five Seasons Broadsides - new series

The first four broadsides in the new series were printed by the giclée process on heavy mouldmade pure cotton watercolour paper (330×483mm / 13×19in) in signed and numbered editions of 40 copies @ £20. Broadsides Two, Three and Four are still available, but there are only a few out-of-series unsigned copies of Broadside One @ £10. For any or all nine broadsides (inc. the reappeared Snyders), inland first-class postage and packing: £9.00 The broadsides are despatched in large custom-made ‘square tubes’ which minimize the curling caused by ordinary postal tubes.

We are pleased to ship overseas.

From Number Five onwards, we are handsetting metal type and printing (with no photopolymer plates) the broadsides in our new letterpress studio (after 20 years without inky fingers). Sometimes we combine letterpress text with graphics printed by other processes, eg giclée, silkscreen or litho.

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Number Eight: Wordless by Caroline Seymour

Poem and photograph by Caroline Seymour. The text, set in 30pt Bembo, is letterpress-printed over a giclée reproduction of Caroline Seymour’s silver gelatin print. (BFK Rives cotton paper, 320×450mm / 12.5×18in.) 50 copies numbered and signed. UK £30 / Overseas. Click to enlarge


Number Seven: Sylphs by Anthony Mellors and Penny Hallas

A new poem by Mellors, demanding 30pt rather than our usual 24pt Bembo metal type. Each broadside combines letterpress text with a giclée-printed painting by Penny Hallas. (Somerset pure cotton paper, 330×483mm / 13×19in.) 45 copies numbered and signed by author and artist. UK £30 / Overseas. Click to enlarge


Number Six: After Sappho frag. 16 by Alan Halsey

This new version of Sappho’s poem, contrasting love for Anaktoria with distaste for military heroics, was offered by Alan Halsey to Five Seasons a century after the outbreak of WW1 – also a century after the first publication of the Sapphic fragments painstakingly reconstituted from scraps of papyrus found in the Egyptian desert. The letterpress-printed poem is accompanied by a giclée-printed reproduction of the original papyri now in the Bodleian Library. (Discontinued Velin Arches Crème cotton paper, 320×450mm / 12.5×18in.) 50 copies numbered and signed by the author. UK £30 / Overseas. Click to enlarge



Number Five: Gnarly by Gary Snyder

Sent first to Five Seasons, this new poem in memory of the poet’s wife Carole uses ‘beetle-kill pine’ as a central image. Consequently the illustration is handprinted directly off a piece of beetle-kill pine which took many months to find. (BFK Rives cotton paper, 450×320mm / 18×12.5in.) The first 50 copies have been numbered and signed by the author. Signed copies: UK £95 / Overseas. Remaining copies numbered 51 to 140: UK £45 / Overseas. Click to enlarge

(See below for our two earlier Gary Snyder broadsides (published 1984 and 1996), a few copies of which are available again thanks to the discovery of a forgotten cache.)  


Number Four: Halse by Frances Presley

A celebration of hazel printed three years before Frances Presley’s remarkable Shearsman collection halse for hazel. Click to enlarge



Number Three: Proposals 6 by Allen Fisher

Fisher broadsheet

Proposals 6 is one of 35 sets, each comprising a poem, an image and a commentary -- a convention deriving from such books of emblems as those of Andrea Alciati in sixteenth-century Italy. Click to enlarge



Number Two: UFO by Geraldine Monk

Fisher broadsheet

Hilarious, haunting, colourful exploration of the UFO acronym. Click to enlarge



Number One: open your mouth by Andrew Brewerton

Fisher broadsheet

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Boat of a Million Years by Gary Snyder

Boat Of A Millioon Years by Gary Snyder

A letterpress edition of 300 numbered copies published in 1996. (BFK Rives cotton paper, 570×385mm / 22.25×15in.) 20 ‘lost’ copies are now available for the first time. UK £60 / Overseas. Click to enlarge  


O Mother Gaia by Gary Snyder with a wash drawing by Alan Halsey

O Mother Gaia by Gary Snyder

A letterpress-combined-with-litho edition of 65 copies published in 1984. (Whatman rag paper, 540×350mm / 21.25×13.75in.) 9 ‘lost copies’ now available for the first time. UK £55 / Overseas. Click to enlarge


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Five Seasons Shortsides - new series

Two non-copyright shortsides, measuring 330×240mm and handprinted letterpress on a rare Magnani heavy handmade paper, were printed just before the letterpress studio had to be abandoned for a while. During the summer of 2019 this series will be continued. Currently the Blake and Shakespeare shortsides are available at £15.00 plus £4.00 postage. (The textual and production notes are printed in a deliberately pale grey which does not reproduce well in these scans.)

Blake shortsheet

Recent books

Bread and Caviar by Paul Merchant


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A quite new kind of collection with even more intriguing crossroads than those admired in Some Business of Affinity by Modern Poetry in Translation: ‘a must-buy for all those interested in translation, poetry or art and, in particular, the intriguing crossroads where all three meet; where “to draw is to draw together”’.

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ISBN 978-0-947960-94-0
£11.50 plus £3.00 postage Order information


Hariot Double by Gavin Selerie

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Gavin Selerie worked for seven years on this 364-page sequence which confirms, if confirmation were needed, that ‘nobody does the book-length poetry project like Selerie’ (Keith Jebb). As in his previous sequence Le Fanu’s Ghost, described by Marina Warner as a ‘dazzling kaleidoscope’, the flow of typographically alert text combines with Alan Halsey’s graphics to create a gallery as much as a book.

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The first review, by David Caddy (editor of Tears in the Fence) can be read here. See also Johanna Drucker’s review in The Brooklyn Rail April 2017 and, for a good overall account of Selerie’s work, see Ian McMillan’s review of Music’s Duel (Shearsman) in Shadowtrain 29. Anthony Mellors's far more substantial review of Hariot Double was published during the autumn of 2018 and can be read here.

ISBN 978-0-947960-89-6
£18.50 plus £3.00 postage 
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Arioso by Clive Bush
with paintings by Allen Fisher

Eleven paintings from Allen Fisher’s Black Pond series weave through Clive Bush’s powerful, lyrical and politically challenging long poem, which is offered in the spirit of Humphrey Jennings’s description of Pandaemonium: ‘knots in a great net of tangled space and time’.

ISBN 978-0-947960-05-6 Limited de luxe edition
£25.00 plus £4.00 postage Order information




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Lingerings of the Large Day by Clive Bush
with drawings by Allen Fisher

This exhilarating and wide-ranging new sequence celebrates what Walt Whitman saw in the English Civil War as ‘the breaking of the conventionally poetic’ and the beginning of the ‘light of the new, and of science and democracy’.

Clive Bush’s last book of poetry was Pictures after Poussin (2003). Robert Creeley was ‘impressed and held by the flawless music . . . a very deft and effective rhetoric altogether.’

ISBN 978-0-947960-84-1
De luxe casebound edition £15.00 plus £3.00 postage Order information




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An Alphabet for Alina by Frances Presley
with drawings by Peterjon Skelt 

An alphabetical sequence with a poem and drawing for each letter. Full of delights and surprises as described in the back-cover endorsements reproduced on the right.

An Alphabet for Alina is . . . gorgeously produced by Five Seasons Press. What it impresses upon the reader is that if childhood entails innocence, this condition doesn’t abide in the core of our being but precedes our coming to be, and the coming to be, in tandem, of the world: a state of flux or play in which objects, bodies, selves, are amorphous and shifting, and in which Presley and Skelt revel.’
Greg Thomas, Cambridge Literary Review, Spring 2015

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Alphabet for Alina

ISBN 978-0-947960-65-0. £9.95 plus £3.00 postage Order information.



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The Road from Herat by Clare Holtham         

Clare Holtham, who died in February 2010, was a notable poet, photographer, linguist and explorer to whom nothing was alien. She ran film festivals; she was a successful systems analyst; she married an Uzbek chieftain in Afghanistan; she studied genetics and homoeopathy; she spoke Persian . . .  But a brief description does not prepare the reader for this unusual collection. Far better to read Roger Garfitt’s introduction to the book.

The Observer Poetry Book of the Month

The University of Cambridge Research Features website provides a fine portrait of the author, complete with video and sound recordings.

A paperback reprint is available via Dr Jean Gooder at Newnham College, Cambridge




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Slippery Characters by Paul Matthews

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As described on the cover, this is the first Paul Matthews collection from Five Seasons Press since the much-praised and reprinted The Ground that Love Seeks first published in 1996.

Thoughtfully designed and generously proportioned
(Metric Royal 8vo / 234×156mm / over 9×6in). 88 pages printed offset-litho on high quality acid-free Five Seasons recycled paper. Section-sewn with flapped limp jacket.

ISBN 978-0-947960-64-3 Published 1 March 2011 at
£12.50 plus £3 for post and packing. Order information

Also available within the United States at $25 plus $6 mailing for one copy (plus $1 for each additional copy) from Celia Riahi, 135 Cottage St., Amherst, MA 01002. Please email Other US shipping options (and rates for Canada) may be requested from Celia Riahi.


Lives of the Poets by Alan Halsey

Thanks to support from patrons and subscribers, Alan Halsey’s
Lives of the Poets is now published. It was launched at Birkbeck College, University of London, on 11 February 2009.

During the last eight years selections from this Great Work have appeared in pamphlets and magazines in Britain, America and Japan. It had long been the ambition of Five Seasons to publish the complete opus (including the contributions from Martin Corless-Smith) with the attention to detail and quality that the text deserves. The end-result has already met with enthusiasm for the quality of the paper and binding, the pleasing way in which the head and tailbands match the two colours in which the text is printed and so on. But however well-designed the bottle it is the wine we’re here for, and Halsey is the Master Maker. The sample spread shows one of the 191 Lives (ranging from Chaucer to Lionel Johnson) opposite one of the eighteen engravings which illustrate the book.

Fragments of biographical information spark against one another, giving sudden unexpected illuminations. It’s a beautiful collection, and beautifully produced by Five Seasons (with a nod and a wink to Halsey’s genially subverted model, Samuel Johnson’s Lives of the English Poets). Has old-style narrative biography just had its “Roll over Beethoven” moment?  Charles Nicholl

The eloquence and subtle ­textuality the reader of Halsey’s writing has come to ­expect have ample opportunity to spread out across the lovely pages of the present volume. Laura Moriarty  ‘A Tonalist Notes’

A way of continuing the devilishness of Finnegans Wake. Language without slack. A perfect contagion of quotables. The book itself is ravishingly designed. John Latta ‘Isola di Rifiuti’

ISBN 978-0-947960-59-9. 192 pages, 235×185mm, cloth with textured dustjacket. £25 plus £4 postage.
Please order by telephone (01432 261100) or email.


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Monochords by Yannis Ritsos

October 2007. A new translation by Paul Merchant, co-published by
Trask House Books in Oregon and Five Seasons Press in the UK.


Ritsos (1909-1990) was one of the four most acclaimed poets of twentieth-century Greece, alongside Cavafy, Seferis and Elytis. Paul Merchant, as translator, first collaborated with Ritsos in the 1960s. His superb translations were read by Ted Hughes on BBC radio in 1970. Merchant continued to work on Ritsos texts and has at last made available for publication his translation of ΜΟΝΟΧΟΡΔΑ, a sequence of 336 poems, each of them one line long. Here are some random examples:

Sunshine. The café. A bicycle. Broken windows. [33]

How can the flag and the poem be twins? [65]

A good relationship with your mirror? With the world, too. [159]

Grape harvesters and horses in the ocean. Bravo, comes the call from the balconies. [178]

Darkness always behind my pages. That’s why my letters shine so brightly. [188]

Outside the shuttered house, the four winds, smoke, chairs. [211]

As Paul Merchant observes in his revealing introduction, these are ‘miniature encapsulations by a master of the art of brevity’. But it is the way in which they interact with each other that so vividly evokes a history and culture, and provides a key to the work of a great poet. In this fine production, each of the Monochords is given the space and attention it demands.

ISBN 978-0-947960-54-4
68 pages paperback 205×125mm
£7.50 Order information


Le Fanu�s Ghost by Gavin Selerie

This playfully erudite ­evocation of family and culture draws ­history into the present with wit and ­ingenuity. Layered and looped, the voices of Swift, Sheridan, Joyce and ­others ­recreate the drama of the Irish/­English divide.

‘The effect is oral, brash, sparky, and yet grounded in a deep know­ledge and love of the highest poetic tradition. Le Fanu’s Ghost reveals, in a highly ori­ginal way, the wonderful cross-pollination of high and low, notorious and neglected, oral and literary, Gaelic and Faery lore, Ireland and England, and will give great pleasure to readers.’ Marina Warner

‘Gavin Selerie’s non-fictional-fictional genealogical poetic quest into the life, friends and relations of the Anglo-Irish author . . . Every contingent sound-bite of information has been arranged to perfection.’ Susan Howe

‘A remarkably rich kaleidoscopic collection of connections, puns and verse, quotations and inventions, genealogy and ingenuity, connecting Swift, Sheridan, Joyce and many others—their families and their fictions—and using typographic as well as literary and linguistic tricks, so that the reader is never sure of what century he is in, or whose voice he is reading or whether he owes it to scholarship or wit—mostly both. A very handsome puzzle-book in substantial sewn paperback.’  Books Ireland

ISBN 978-0-947960-44-5
352 pages sewn paperback large format 245×165mm
£15.50  Now available Order information


Running Out by David Hart

A spirited new collection from a poet too inventive and wide-ranging to be contained in a slim volume. Since Setting the poem to words (1998) David Hart has worked on public writing—including hospital and festival residency poems, a libretto, poems for the changing centre of Birmingham where he lives—and has worked privately developing his own poetic ways and means. His sequence from a week in Poland takes on public and private themes, as do two other sequences here, one a response to Rilke, the other an attempt at least to play-act writing from inside Beethoven’s final years.

‘David Hart is very much his own poet, quietly distinctive. And he’s a shape-shifter too.’  Les Murray

‘The most original poet to emerge in recent years, he writes with a light, unsparing touch, with a courage that manages to look casual.’ Roger Garfitt

Michael Hamburger has already said of the Beethoven sequence Work, the work: ‘It is a most powerful and illuminating poem, with an intensity that reminded me of Beckett in places.’

272 pages sewn paperback 234x156mm
ISBN 978-0-947960-49-0
£10.50  Now available Order information


Marginalien by Alan Halsey

‘His grasp of language, or the many layers and interiorities that make a text work, is about second to none.’ Paul Green, Chicago Review

‘A poetry of passionate and stoical resistance.’ Robert Potts, The Guardian

A beautifully produced large-format 416-page book collecting together all Alan Halsey’s longer poems and sequences, as well as prose texts and graphics, from 1988 to 2004. Most of the contents have only been published previously in various international anthologies, sought-after limited-edition booklets, or heard at one of the author’s readings in Britain, Europe or the US. Each book has a deftly-incorporated CD featuring 208 Memory Screen graphic images with PC/Mac software for auto-slide-show and interactive viewing. The text-only version of Memory Screen is included in Marginalien, and the complete set of ‘text-graphic’ prints is being exhibited for the first time at the Bury Text Festival (1 April to 1 June 2005) where the book will be launched at the festival’s opening. (

ISBN 0 947960 34 1
416pp section-sewn paperback 248×176mm plus CD-Rom
£15.50   Now available  Order information


The Feather-list Extracts by Charles Johnson

‘Not least, watch how words work here, how language gate-crashes thought, how thought is taken for unexpected walks with language, and how, if there is a gene for wry humour, it is surely showing itself here.’ David Hart

‘. . . lean and mean . . . witty and intimate and cold and heart-rending and so many things all at once’ Jennifer Compton

This long overdue collection of Charles Johnson’s work over the last twelve years is edited and introduced by fellow West Midlands poet David Hart. Johnson has devoted so much time to promoting and publishing the work of others in his award-winning Flarestack booklets (over 60 so far) and his poetry quarterly Obsessed with Pipework, that his own very distinct and engaging voice has been heard by far too small an audience.

ISBN 0 947960 37 6
128pp section-sewn paperback 234×156mm
£7.50     Now available   Order information



Five Seasons has received financial support from Arts Council England for many years and regrets this is no longer forthcoming. We will now publish by subscription and the publisher warmly invites patrons and subscribers (who will be well served)! Please email him to enquire or discuss.