By ANDREW McCULLOCH
Small presses are poetry’s midwives. They are often there, assisting at the birth of great talents. The only poetry Edward Thomas published in his lifetime was the privately printed Six Poems (1916) by “Edward Eastaway”, W. H. Auden’s first outing was “about 45 copies” of Poems (1928) and Seamus Heaney’s Eleven Poems was published by Festival in 1965, a year before his first full collection, Death of a Naturalist. But as well as providing new poets with their first publication, pamphlets can also help published poets to take stock or try something new.