THE OSCARS PRESS

Classic poetry anthologies by lesbians, by gay men
and by women from both sides of the Atlantic.

Take Any Train | Whatever You Desire | Language of Water Language of Fire
Of Eros and of Dust | As Girls Could Boast | Jugular Defences
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As girls could boast AS GIRLS COULD BOAST
Poetry by women
edited by Christina Dunhill.
ISBN 1-872668-03-8 112 pages
Published 1994
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A collection of poetry by women, selected for originality and risk. Provocative, poignant, humorous, erotic, a showcase for some of the best in women's poetry in the late 20th century. Including poems by Carol Ann Duffy, U.A. Fanthorpe, Alison Fell, Selima Hill, Jackie Kay, Mimi Khalvati and many new writers of whom we shall hear more.

"Fresh and uncommon" — Kate Kellaway, The Observer.
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Jugular Defences JUGULAR DEFENCES
An AIDS anthology
edited by Peter Daniels and Steve Anthony.
ISBN 1-872668-04-6 112 pages
Published 1994
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"Grief, anger, fear and desire... In this book the poetry of HIV is as immediate as an activist's T-shirt and as piercing as a lyric from the Greek anthology" — Adam Mars-Jones.

Including poetry by Thom Gunn, Penelope Shuttle, Edwin Morgan, Michael Lassell and Assoto Saint.
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Language of Water LANGUAGE OF WATER LANGUAGE OF FIRE
A celebration of lesbian and gay poetry
edited by Berta Freistadt & Pat O'Brien.
ISBN 1-872668-01-1 78 pages
Published 1992
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"A fresh exciting collection with a wide-angled lens, from the concerns of the city waitress to fears of coming out, this poetry crosses boundaries but doesn't forget to laugh. A confident collection that captures the many varied voices of gay writing today" — Jackie Kay
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Of Eros and of Dust OF EROS AND OF DUST
Poems from the City
edited by Steve Anthony.
ISBN 1-872668-02-x 88 pages
Published 1992
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"Forget A-Z's and town plans — this book is a real map of the city: full of women and men writing to explain and writing to stay alive in this dirty, muddled, aggressive, and sometimes beautiful reality of life in the '90s" — Ian McMillan
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Whatever you desire

WHATEVER YOU DESIRE
A book of lesbian poetry
edited by Mary Jo Bang.
ISBN 0-9512581-9-2 80 pages
Published 1990
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All of the poems in this book write about "how it feels". In doing so, they add their testimony to a growing literary tradition, a tradition which speaks with honesty and eloquence of our deepest desires.

"A beautiful, celebratory, sexy book" — Michèle Roberts
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Take Any Train TAKE ANY TRAIN
A book of gay men's poetry
edited by Peter Daniels.
ISBN 1-872668-00-3 64 pages
Published 1990
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"In the past, the homoerotic in poetry had to be more or less coded, and it still can be ignored by many readers and critics of Marlowe, Auden, and all but the most outrageous of Rimbaud's lyrics and prose-poems. Today there are still more difficult choices for gay poets. What is the right kind of honesty? And what is the right kind of tone? I think the poets in this book are looking for truthful answers, in a way which is serious, but not solemn. Peter Daniels has made a selection any reader can enjoy, and learn from" — Edward Lucie-Smith

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