John Digby

John Digby


John Digby, previously founder of Caligula Press (London) is founder and co-publisher of The Feral Press. British-born poet and collagist, he is widely published in magazines and anthologies and is the author of four books of poems: Sailing Away from Night, The Structure of Bifocal Distance, To Amuse a Shrinking Sun (Anvil Press Poetry) and Incantations (Stone House Press).  He has also co-edited a number of literary anthologies, among them, Water Voyages and Dancing to the Music of Poetry, published in sequential booklets by The Feral Press. Co-author (with his wife) of The Collage Handbook (Thames and Hudson) he is widely acknowledged for his “archival” approach to collage materials and techniques. He has illustrated many booklets for diverse authors published by The Feral Press. He has also illustrated and published a number of his own and “found” poems under the press imprint. These include:

The Most Curious Case of the Kidnapping of the Second-Hand Doughnut (2005),8 ½” x 5 ½” found poem with cover and 3 illustrations by the author. $6.00

Improvisations on Arthur Rimbaud’s Le Bateau ivre (2004), 8 ½” x 5 ½”with cover and collage illustrations plus “spots” by John Digby  (out of print).

All Day Long the Cry is ‘Still they Come’  (2006) collage poem with cover and 3 collage illustrations by John Digby. $5.00

Getting it Right (2004), 5 ½” x 4 ¼” found poem with cover and 3 collages by John Digby. $5.00

Carte du Jour (2005), 5 ½” x 4 ¼” found poem with cover and 3 collages by John Digby. $5.00

The Devil’s Mantle. (2006) 5 ½” x 4 ¼” found poem with cover and illustration by John Digby. $5.00

Yes, You and the Dot: Homage to Alexander the Great (Spring 2007), 5½” x 4 ¼” a conceptual booklet with words and images by John Digby. $5.00

Another Place, Another Time, Another World: Hommage to Robert Hooke (Summer 2007), 8 ½” x 5 ½”  Keepsake for Pavel Zoubok Gallery Exhibition. $10.00.

Sheila Shillingly: A Post-Modern Dadaist Poem (Spring 2007), 4 ¼” x 5 ½” with cover and 3  collages by John Digby. $5.00

A Stroll around the Giraffes in India (2007), 8 ½” x 5 ½”  short story in Cockney rhyming slang and glossary with illustrations by Luda Pahl. $7.00

Gung-Ho for Cocktails (2008), prose poem with cover and two collages by John Digby. $5.00

The Most Remarkable Voyage was Made by a Woman (2008), 8 ½” x 5 ½”   collage poem with cover and two illustrations by John Digby. $5.00                                                      

           The Monkey’s Egg (Summer 2009), 8 ½” x 7” collage poem copiously illustrated with collages. $12.00

          When Evening Falls: Two Anecdotes (Summer 2008), 5 ½” x 8” found prose with 5 collages by John Digby. $5.00

5 Absurdities from the Jumping Hole (Summer 2009), 51/2” x 6” five collage poems with cover and six collages by John Digby. $4.00

Two Brothers (Summer 2009), 6” x 6” collage prose poem with illustrations by the author. $5.00

           Offbeat in the Woods (Winter 2010), 4 ½” x 7” collage prose poem with cover and 3 collages by the author. $6.00


Improvisations on Chinese poetry

Li Po Two Poems, adaptation by John Digby   (Spring 2006), 5” x 5” with 3 photos by John Digby. $6.00

Li Po and John Fletcher Two poems on Sleep, Li Po adaptation by John Digby, 4 illustrations Mary Lou Wilshaw-Watts $6.00

Wang Wei, Two Poems,  improvised by John Digby (March 2006), 4 ¼” x  14”  trifold with 4 collages by John Digby.

             Bumming for Grub an adaptation from Tao Ch’ien (Fall 2007), 5 ½ ”  x 5 ½” with cover and four illustrations by Linda Vi Vona. $10.00

Five Sons: Fruits from the Old Tree, an adaptation from Tao Ch’ien (Winter 2008), 5 ½” x 7” with cover and illustrations by Linda Vi Vona $10.00

We Can Discuss Loneliness: two poems adapted from Tu Fu and Po Chu-I by John Digby, with cover and  six illustrations by Linda Vivona. $10.00.

Pausing at the Border (Fall 2008),  5 ½” x 8” five Chinese adaptations with illustrations by Linda Vi Vona produced as a keepsake for a program of music by Brent Register, choreographed by John Ollom. $6.00.

To Wang Lun, Master Brewer. (Fall 2009), 6 ½” x 5 ½” Li Po adaptation with cover and 2 illustrations by Linda Vi Vona $5.00.

Wang Wei Project (Fall 2009), 8 ½” x 7” English adaptations of 6 Wang Wei poems with copious drawings by Jerimiah D. Syme (ehon book format) $12.00.

In collaboration with Hong Ai Bai

The Sword Dance (August 2009), 8 ½” x 5 ½” improvisation from Tu Fu with introduction and notes by Hong Ai Bai. $6.00

Three Neglected Chinese Women: Three Deserted Tang Poets. Essay on the biographical links between three Tang poets and the women’s lives they describe in “Chant of the Departing Wife” (Li Bai), “An Isolated Lady” (Du Fu), and “A Wife’s Sorrow” (Bai Juyi). English improvisations of these poems and illustrations by John Digby; Chinese texts included. $10.00

Six Songs From Ancient China, improvisations and commentary for poems set to music by P. Brent Register and perfomed at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Phoenix, AZ 2011. $20.00

Li Bai, “The Women of Yue, No. 5”(2011), folded sheet, poem and commentary.$4.00

Li He, “Horse Poem,” No 5. (2011), 8 ½” x  5” poem and commentary. $2.00

Du Fu, “A Sick Horse,” (2011), trifold 6” x 17” poem and commentary. $2.00

Li He, “Skeletal Horse” (2011), trifold 4” x 17” poem and commentary. $2.00

Bai Juyi, “Selling my Horse Luo Ma,” 8 ½” x 5” poem and commentary. $2.00

“The Emperor’s Steeds” (2012),  8 ½” x 7” Improvisations on 6 horse poems attributed to Li Shimin who ruled as Tang emperor Taizong (626-649) poems and commentary. $7.00

Horses in Chinese Poetry and Culture (2012), 8 ½” x 6 ¾” Illustrated essay with improvisations on Chinese poems related to horses.32 pages. $15.00

Du Fu, “A Song of a Painting for General Cao Ba,” (2012),  8 ½” x 5 ½” poem and commentary. $5.00

Cold Food Festival Poems (2012), 8 ½” x 7” poems an commentary related to major Chinese festival. $10.00

Lu You, My Garden with a Bamboo Fence (2013), 8 ½” x 7” 25  later poems by the author with commentary and illustrations. 34 pp. $10.00

Lu You, “Going Out in an Early Winter Morning, (2013),” 6” x 4 ¾” poem and commentary. $2.00

Lu You, “To My Sons,” (2013), 6 ½” x 3 ¾” last poem of author. $2.00

Creative Women in Classical China (2013), 8 1/2″ x 7″ improvisations on poems with commentary.     $10.00.


Several essays related to catalogues of his collage exhibitions have also been published by The Feral Press.

A Rainbow of Butterflies (2005), 8 ½” x 7” Catalogue for an exhibition  5 collage by John Digby. $6.00

Concerning the Angels: Homage to Raphael Alberti. (2005), 8 ½” x 5 ½” . $6.00

Songs of the Sirens (2005), 8 ½” x 5 ½”.  $5.00

Spirits of the Pinnacles (2005), 8 ½” x 5 ½”.(2005 reprinted 2006) Essay and poem with 3 collages by John Digby; back cover photo by Joan Digby $6.00.

 John and Joan Digby, eds.

Water Voyages, aka Fish and Ships (2002),  8 ½” x 5 ½”, 17 pamphlets of diverse poetry illustrated with collages by John Digby. $20.00

Dancing to the Music of Poetry (2004), 8 ½” x 5 ½” 21 pamphlets of diverse poetry illustrated with collages by John Digby. $20.00

A Flock of Birds (2008), 8 ½ x 5 ½” nfs

Bird Collages (2007),  8 ½ x 5 ½” produced for the Zoological Society of London nfs

Bird Collages (2008), 8 ½ x 5 ½”  produced for the Zoological Society of London nfs

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