Smokestack Lightning

Edited by Andy Croft

Smokestack Lightning is the 200th book from independent radical poetry publisher Smokestack Books, containing one poem from every book published by Smokestack since 2004. Includes poems by John Berger, Linda France, Michael Rosen, Kate Fox, Alexandr Tvardovsky, Ian McMillan, Martin Rowson, Judith Kazantzis, Nikola Vaptsarov, Gerda Stevenson, Rocco Scotellaro, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Winétt de Rokha, Steve Ely, Gustavo Pereira, Kristina Dimitrova, Louis Aragon, Roque Dalton, Martín Espada, Justyna Bargielska, Peter Blackman, Katrina Porteous, Yiannis Ritsos, Marcos Ana, Sylvia Pankhurst, Tasos Leivaditis, Konstantin Simonov, Anne Gréki and Victor Jara, as well as poems in Smokestack’s anthologies from Cuba, the Soviet Union, Algeria, France, the US, Greece and Palestine.


‘One of the most courageous little presses in Britain.’

Penniless Press

‘Smokestack has a well-deserved reputation as a pioneer in publishing progressive poetry from around the globe.’

Morning Star

‘Robustly resistant to the easy and the fashionable.’


‘ Shows the vital power of poetry as a tool in our struggle, and a clarion call for change.’

Maxine Peake

‘a formidable anthology’

The Recusant

‘the book’s scope is extraordinary… from the picket line to the prison cell, from the barricades to the nine-to-five and everywhere in between. An engaging book that rewards and surprises.’

Fran Lock, Morning Star

‘A terrific collection from a worthy and engaged press. So many poems and times to explore.’