corrupt press

Corrupt press puts poetry into heads.

It’s a limited company run by me, Dylan Harris. When I came to Paris in December 2009, I found many interesting anglophone poets, a lively scene, magazines, but no small press. Worse, some British, Irish and American poetry presses seemed unwilling to publish poets from their abroad. In consequence, good poets weren’t getting published. So, in 2011, I set the press up.

Non-anglophone English can be an interesting source of new language. The poetry may sometimes seem odd to native speakers, but is it error, a style that’s not yet established, a different grammar, an effect a native speaker would struggle to achieve, or what ? That’s why I want poetry from poets whose mother tongues exclude English.

The contact address is


Tramstraat 26,

5611 CP

eindhoven The NETHERLANDS

Trial Balloons

1er juin 2012

Trial Balloons

Wheeze, oh Muse, and clatter me the ditty
on an awry hero tantrum. Cough.
Song dame, won’t you clever me a stanza
epic highly ? hence me that way,
long lyre lady, so I shall could warble
hot good copy and, curved poet, distress
alas, whole kinds of bad murder
on Acheans which, on result of
that angerly feel which was toward pointed
Agamemnon at by vast Achilles,
would be sending at their (…)

de l’instant

Valère Novarina


Ici-bas dans la tourmente, il danse
Écoutez mes aïeux :
Je danse à la gueule de dieu

Traçant une ligne invisible
Entre n’être et naître pas
Entre naître et n’être pas
J’ai vécu vaille que vaille
Tout au fond d’l’univers
Le réel m’a pris en tenaille
Je danse à cœur ouvert

Le jour venu, mon âme d’animal
Si vous la trouvez en moi
Portez-la dans le sein d’Abraham !

Mai 2019, Valère Novarina, extrait de Chronophobie, poème inédit confié au Printemps des Poètes pour la 11e édition du Prix Andrée Chedid du Poème Chanté.