Today we’re #bringingbacktheglosa

It’s here! Our two new book launches are available in paperback from and; in Kindle Stores worldwide and on Smashwords. It’s all part of a scheme to revitalize a form of poetry that entranced early Renaissance European courts… the glosa.

Further details are  on the web pages for the books: Dead Edit Redo: A novella of Horror and Good Medicine and Dead to Rights: A Circularity of Glosas.

Join in on Twitter: #bringingbacktheglosa

These books are amazing, but to explain in a sentence doesn’t do them justice. The best way to enjoy the books is to read both in succession (in any order; that’s the circularity for you). Here’s a taster from the press release…

Anglo-Canadian campaign launches to revitalize the poetry of the Troubadours

Canadian heteronymic professor publishes collection of ‘glosa’ poetry and stars in horror novella as part of the #bringingbacktheglosa campaign.

Bromham, Bedfordshire, UK: Greyhart Press, a publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and thriller books, announces its latest book releases are:

Dead Edit Redo, a literary-horror novella in which the main character is Canadian Alain C. Dexter, heteronymic professor of poetry at Brougham College.

Dead to Rights: A Circularity of Glosas a collection of poems written by the ‘real’ Alain C. Dexter in the glosa style, a vibrant and brief form of poetry popular with the romantic heartthrobs of medieval Europe: the troubadours.

Except… don’t look for Alain C. Dexter in the ranks of academia because Alain is the creation of Canadian writer Elaine Stirling. More than a penname, literary heteronyms are fully fledged characters developed by their creators to allow them to write in different styles and express themselves through different personas. Just listen to the two chatting away on Twitter to realize how different they are!

DeadtoRights_400pxStirling developed Alain C. Dexter as part of the #bringingbacktheglosa campaign to popularize the glosa form, a form of short poetry that takes a series of lines (a crown stanza) from another poet and ‘talks’ to the original by beginning each stanza of the glosa with a line from the crown stanza. The glosa form inspired Canadian poet P.K. Page to write the seminal Hologram, a collection of glosas, in 1994. Page inspired Stirling, who created Dexter, who in turn found inspirational crown stanzas not just from poets such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, but also in the philosophical writing of Friedrich Nietzsche, and Moby Dick by Herman Melville. It is not for nothing that the collection is entitled a circularity of glosas.

In a simultaneous book launch comes Dead Edit Redo, a novella in which Alain C. Dexter stars as a troubled poet haunted by his experience many years earlier when he left the land of the living and experienced a ‘third’ place — neither life not death — where the glosas of Dead to Rights were created. First Nations good medicine is Dexter’s only hope, but does he want to return?

Dead Edit Redo 400pxAsked to describe glosas, Alain C. Deter explained, “Glosas deliver like a compact short story, in stereo; they’re a poetic high energy drink, a double shot espresso of verse. You can read one glosa and read it again several times to experience a kaleidoscope effect of something new with each reread. Or you can take in a whole wallop of them and begin to sense the underlying structure that gives the glosa its . . . well, glisten.”

Commenting on the release, Greyhart Press publisher Tim C. Taylor said: “Reading the twin manuscripts for Dead Edit Redo and Dead to Rights was an experience I’ll never forget, and I read a lot of scripts in my profession. Ideas loop around and over and collide and bind with the real and the unreal. It’s a madcap experience.”

Dead to Rights: a Circularity of Glosas by Alain C. Dexter is published March 14th by Greyhart Press in paperback (ISBN  978-1909636019, pp74,  $7.50 ) from retailers such as and as an eBook from retailers such as ($2.99)

Dead Edit Redo by Elaine Stirling is published March 14th by Greyhart Press in paperback (ISBN  978-1909636026, pp108,  $7.50 ) from retailers such as and as an eBook from retailers such as ($2.99)

Notes to editors

Elaine Stirling has been a “professional” writer since 1985, by virtue of having sold the first of ten Harlequin romances in that year. Five of those were romantic suspense because she loves a good mystery as much as a good love story. In subsequent years, while attempting to write a godawfully serious and tragic historical nonentity, she sold short fiction to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Fantasy and Science Fiction. To keep food on the table, she became a corporate communication consultant and ended up quite enjoying that too. Her first nonfiction book, The Corporate Storyteller: A Writing Manual & Style Guide for the Brave New Business Leader, was published in 2009.

Learn more about Elaine Stirling at her website

Alain C. Dexter is a professor of poetry at Brougham College and best-selling, heteronymic author of the award-winning Gizzard’s Luck & Other Organic Festivities, a collection of short stories; and the poetry collection, Poems from the Soles of his Feet. Dexter enjoys imported beer, hiking in the great Canadian north woods, and hobnobbing with the rich and famous. He appears as himself in Elaine Stirling’s novella of horror and good medicine, Dead Edit Redo, and lives on the north shore of Lake Superior. Chat with him on Twitter @AlainCDexter

Bedfordshire-based Greyhart Press was set up in 2011 by author Tim C. Taylor to publish his back catalogue. Within days, other authors were asking to be published through Greyhart, and Taylor put his writing on hold to run Greyhart Press full-time. To date, Greyhart Press has published 38 books by 17

Follow the campaign on Twitter #bringingbacktheglosa

About Tim C. Taylor

Tim C. Taylor writes science fiction and is the author of 21 published novels as of August 2021. His latest book is 'Hold the Line', published by Theogony Books. Find out more at
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13 Responses to Today we’re #bringingbacktheglosa

  1. Congratulations to both Elaine and Alain, now to Amazon to do some shopping! 🙂

    • timctaylor says:

      Congratulations to you too, Gavriel, as you did the fantastic artwork for one, appeared as a not quite alive or dead version of yourself, and contributed a glosa. You are indeed a most accomplished and metafictional fellow.

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  3. Mikels Skele says:

    Reblogged this on Omniop and commented:
    My friend Elaine Stirling, in collaboration with herself, has produced fraternal (sosoral?) twins!

  4. Alain C. Dexter (@alaincdexter) says:

    On behalf of Elaine and myself, I’d like to thank you, dear friends, for your kind support of the #bringingbacktheglosa campaign. She’d post here herself, only she’s having trouble adjusting to our now official stereoscopic identity. She’s walked into a few walls today but done no serious damage.

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  6. Russel says:

    Your dentist probably never urged you to gloss after a meal, let alone each of its courses; though had he known you were reading these two new releases, he might have. Many flavors linger on the palate to savor during the pleasure of their digestion. Make no mistake—this pair of complexly wrought symbiotic volumes is about poetry and a poet and how those processes are mutually creative—it is the reader’s pleasure to discover the process and proportion. Stirling presents us with a splendid meal served with tightly polished cuisine wrapped delightedly with well composed flavors of intrigue, imagery, ingenuity and imagination. But it is not those lower case condiments of “i’s” that hold the key to this interlocked pair of books, but rather the main course capital “I’s” and their voices. Spanning history from some of the earliest known form writings, moving through a wide spectrum of classical poetical voices Stirling’s fast paced narrative style keeps the reader’s interest moving along at remarkable speed through subject matter even many a literature major may find a bit dry. Her vocabulary dazzles with it’s range from esoterically ancient to bleeding edge contemporary, alternately taking us seesawing through the deep past and what may be the fringes of future science while keeping the tale well grounded in traditional native healing processes and still allowing space for flights of metaphysical visions to take wing. Dexter comes alive through his work and through this biographical expose of his life, death and resurrection. The discerning reader will come away from the absorption of this tour de force by a distinguished young poetic voice wondering if Stirling herself is not a composite of characters in contact with an ancient line of muses from which she distills her own special brand of luster. The brilliance with which she shines in both pose and poetry will not easily nor soon be forgotten in her nearly single handed successful attempt to resurrect an ancient form. Enjoy the effort—this Stirling has been well polished to serve readers a feast with many unexpectedly delicious flavors and textures. A grand belch of satisfaction is sure to follow! And the resulting smiles will do your dentist proud!
    D. Russel Micnhimer 3-21-13

    • Russel, I have been enormously privileged to learn and grow in your virtual, poetic company these past few years. As a mentor, your standards are impeccable, you have a wicked sense of humour; you are generous beyond measure. Thank you for this kind review, and for reflecting back to me, to us, with such precision your experience of reading these two books. The fact that you end your comments with a belch and a smile is so perfect. The composite of me bows in honour of your Jovial digestive abilities. 😉

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