Smokestack aims to keep open a space for what is left of the English radical poetic tradition in the twenty-first century. Smokestack champions poets who are unfashionable, radical, left-field and working a long way from the metropolitan centres of cultural authority. Smokestack is interested in the World as well as the Word; believes that poetry is a part of and not apart from society; argues that if poetry does not belong to everyone it is not poetry.
Smokestack's list includes books by John Berger, Katrina Porteous, Ian McMillan, Kate Fox, Martin Rowson, Tom Leonard, Sebastian Barker, Gerda Stevenson and Steve Ely. Smokestack's growing international list includes books by Bertolt Brecht (Germany), Gustavo Pereira (Venezuela), Rocco Scotellaro (Italy), Heinrich Heine (Germany), Nicola Vaptsarov (Bulgaria), Francis Combes (France), Andras Mezei (Hungary), Yiannis Ritsos (Greece) and Victor Jara (Chile).
Coming soon from Smokestack are books by Michael Rosen, Amir Darwish (Syria), Jan Carew (Guyana), Paul van Ostaijen (Belgium), Paolo Pasolini (Italy) and Roque Dalton (El Salvador).