Publications

A Dock is not a Solid Thing
A Jacob's ladder format of blue / white two tone card, ribbon and a steel fastener. £10 (&p+p). Limited edition of thirty.

Seven poems on docks, boatbuilding, maritime trade and lighthouses. The binding, a delicate and ingenious design, conveys the movement of water and precarious nature of maritime industries

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There is no Night
(illustrated card, tracing paper sleeve cover with silver birch bark detail. Handstitched binding.)
Reindeer illustration by Justus Raatikainen
£5 each (+50p p&p).

Set in a Finnish summer 'There is no Night' is a modern fable on love and the troll within us all, while tracings the shifting borders of relationships and water.
How do we love each other and simultaneously ourselves?
Tender, lightly melancholic long poem plays with union and independence, absence and presence, turning ultimately hopeful.



In Good Weather the Sign Outside reads Danger Quicksand
(art-booklet: letterpress cover, transparent photographic end-papers, card, recycled rubber band binding, 2014)
Limited edition of 48.    £9.00 inc p+p
Also available from the Bookartbookshop N1 6HB

In Good Weather 1A sequence of four prose poems expose a relationship between storm surges and domesticity. Multiple time frames hide and appear within the folded card sections, playing with how past, present and imagination co-exist.
Semi-opaque end-papers add to the layering of the pieces. This is a playful puzzle and beautiful handmade design.
"The writing impresses too. Whether lyric tetralogy, or four ‘flash chapters’, this account of a relationship weathering threat adroitly meshes natural, medical, and meta-fictional imagery, and anchors its wealth of detail with a taut yet understated line to the heart. The narrative arc is clear, yet travels far, the prose glistens with precise, musical phrase..."  Naomi Foyle. Read the rest of the review here.
"Wonderful. Quite wonderful. In every way. Thank you." TL, a reader


Sea-creatures 
(booklet: chart end-papers, pastel paper and card, waxed linen hand-stitched binding, 2013)
£7.00 inc p+p

A collection of encounters had with sea-creatures of the air, water and a sailor's imagination, these poems are fresh, simple and playful descriptions of the sea's ecology and the reactions provoked by it.

Charts illustrate the richly textured paper, adding to the experience of the reader as sea-farer.

"This small hand-stitched rectangular pamphlet is a delightful blending of design and poetry, which work together perfectly..." Angela Topping in Sabotage

"Sarah makes these beautiful creations in which the form of publication and poems intertwine to make a whole. Sea-creatures features maps and torn pages that echo the tide, Lune streams like the river it's named for across the page. Both publications are full of salt and water; there are mussels, brittle stars, selkies, seabirds, and a multitude of 'fragments of one world...washed up by another'. " Claire Dean, Gathering Scraps



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Lune 
(concertina pamphlet, 2012) £2.50 inc p+p

Runner Up for Best Pamphlet in the Saboteur Awards 2013

A long poem set at the mouth of the Lune estuary, rich in imagery and allusion, place and atmosphere. It examines the relationship between land and sea and sea and man, in layers that connect and distance. Subtle, delicate, confident.

"Lune: a leash for a hawk; fits of lunacy; a crescent formed by the overlapping of two circles; a crescent moon; a river whose tidal estuary is at Plover Scar, Lancashire; a poem in five sections printed as a neat concertina pamphlet; subject of these reviews:

"Lune appears as a whisper. Beautifully and carefully intimate. And once you have fallen into it, it starts to tell you secrets. It is the kind of poem you could fall in love with..." is only the beginning, in Annexe Magazine

"Lune is a rich addition to this contemporary pastoral tradition: part narrative, part evocation of land- and sea-scape, part metaphysical meditation on what the world is and what it is to be in that world. The title in the first instance derives from the river, but the other definitions of lune that I referred to in the opening paragraph of this review all seemed to me to come to bear on the poem as I read it." Billy Mills in Sabotage

Lune is featured in The Guardian Books Blog as an excellent example of self-publishing.

A Dock is not a Solid Thing
A Jacob's ladder format of blue / white two tone card, ribbon and a steel fastener. £10 (&p+p). Limited edition of thirty.

Seven poems on docks, boatbuilding, maritime trade and lighthouses. The binding, a delicate and ingenious design, conveys the movement of water and precarious nature of maritime industries

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Solstice (Beautiful Dragons, 2012) £4.50 inc p+p

Twenty four poems clocking the twenty four hours of the longest day in 2012. This 'hinge' of the year is tracked by transience, evident in the views of streetlamps, hedgerows, cafes, the rising light, swallows, rain, and ultimately the growing dark, its rituals, noises, pathways disappearing ahead.

Poems from Helen Ivory, Andrew McMillan, Wayne Burrows, Jane Routh, Seni Seniviratne, Maya Chowdhry, David Tait and many more.



Host (Waterloo, 2010) £10 inc p+p

"The voices, the stories, the detail and the imagery are powerful, superbly-crafted and original." Bernardine Evaristo

"The poetry is earthy and takes a no-nonsense approach to setting out their journey from commuity-based god-fearing and pious, through to the complexity, toughness and verging on faithlessness, of modernity." Anne Stewart in Artemis

"... excellent at capturing social and religious codes of behaviour, with the acuity of Austen or Alice Munro ... Host is a tactile and muscular collection, rooted in the complexities and textures of the physical world. Hymas has created fresh and exuberant work that, at its best, captures the awe of being alive." Sarah Westcott


Reading is Believing
This was the commissioned collaborative project when I was poet in residence at Calderdale Libraries, in 2005. A beautiful cloth-bound book was made for the libraries, with my poetry, painting from John Lyons and photography by Hafsah Naib.



To buy or review any of the books, either use paypal or contact me on sehymas [at] gmail [dot] com

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