Pocketry is an independent publisher based in Melbourne, Australia.
It was founded in late 2019 by poet and self-confessed book geek Indrani Perera with the aim of providing a home for unheard voices.
The first issue of the Pocketry Almanack was published in February 2020.
The Pocketry Almanack
The irregular Pocketry Almanack is a nod to the printed pamphlets of the 1700s and the sci-fi zines of the 1950s. Each issue features poetry from up to six different poets plus original artwork. It is handmade from a single sheet of paper of A4 and fits easily into a pocket.
Only 160 copies of each issue are created. Each contributor receives 20 copies to distribute as they see fit with the publisher retaining 20 copies. The almanacks are distributed by the poets and artists at open mics, spoken word events, book launches. They are left in libraries and at bus stops for the curious to find and enjoy.
While the format of the almanack draws its inspiration from the past, the contents come from the imaginations and lives of the authors. Be prepared for a fantastical journey when you open the pages of the almanack.
Cost: Poet's Price. The almanacks are free or bartered (at the contributor's discretion) for an unusual word, intriguing anecdote or poem.