we continue to wave a small handkerchief at the world, though
decorative & equally unpractical, most probably purchased
from some bazaar or emporium a considerable remove away from the
chain-stores of the high street. Stuart Mills.
Coracle is a small publishing press directed by writer and artist Erica
Van Horn and poet, artist and editor Simon Cutts, from what was a small
farm between the hills of South Tipperary, Ireland since 1996. Mostly
based in London from the nineteen seventies, as both a publisher, gallery,
and a space for books, workfortheeyetodo became its last bookshop
project there in the mid-nineteen nineties.
In this later remote form, it continues as printer-publisher, editor of
spaces, employing many of the devices and formats of hypothetical
publishing inherent in the small press. Inevitably, much of the content of the
publishing is of the nature of the book itself, in both critical and playful
dimensions. At the same time there is always the residue of poetry, and a
concern with the mechanisms of the book as a manifestation of the poem
itself, together with other books by artists, writers, and others without category.
The books themselves are not so concerned with craft tradition,
limitedness of edition, hand-made paper and elaboration of binding, as
with the plain and simple casebound book, the sewn paperback, the
extensions of ephemera, and their availability.
All’s well in the secret spaces of modernity camouflaged
by whitewash and thatch. Roger Conover