Seam Editions is a publishing house dedicated to providing a home for creative-critical writing, what we think of as writing with a seam.
The work we publish is neither criticism nor creative writing, but contains elements of both. It stitches together different forms beyond criticism and fiction to show us something more honest. It is playful yet rigorous, full of ideas yet still bursting with beauty; most importantly it is innovative and experimental.
Seam Editions are Sara Helen Binney, Sarah A. Jones, Simon Pook, Alex Read, Sara Taylor and Rob Ward.
I. Suture, junction.
a. The junction made by sewing together the edges of two pieces or widths of cloth, leather, etc.; the ridge or the furrow in the surface which indicates the course of such a junction; sometimes (cf. seamy adj.2) the protruding edges of the joined pieces on the wrong side of the cloth.
b. Surg. The joining of the edges of a wound by sewing. Obs.
c. An embellished seaming used in joining costly fabrics; an ornamental strip of material inserted in or laid over a seam; also; material for this purpose.
d. fig. Also in colloq. phrases, as to burst (fall apart, etc.) at the seams.
e. transf. An intervening strip. Obs.
f. Cricket. The raised band of stitching around the centre of the ball. Cf. seam bowler n. at Compounds below.
g. French Seam (Needlework), a double-stitched seam that is folded and sewn to resemble a plain seam on the right side.
2. Anat. The line of junction of two bones forming an immovable joint, esp. in the skull; a suture. Obs.
3. An interstice formed by the abutting edges of planks; a narrow crevice between the edges and ends of the planks or plates of a ship. Chiefly pl.
4. A line, groove, furrow or the like forming by the abutting edges of two parts of a thing; an indentation or mark resembling this.
a. on a surface of a rock, stone, etc.
b. on the face or body: a long incised wound; the parting (of the hair); a scar (of a healed wound); a deep wrinkle.
5. Geol. A thin layer or stratum separating two strata of greater magnitude.
Seeming, semblance, appearance.
a. Seemingly, proper, fitting
b. quasi - adv.
a. A sign
b. A unit of meaning; spec. the smallest unit of meaning.
‘So what space is this? Let’s say that it is neither the space of fine proportions and fixed vantage nor the clean and static space in which all appears just so, but something rather closer to home. It is this space right here: creative space criticism. Do you see it? Do you hear it? Will you sense it? It is the little space made in the bringing alongside, the making roughly coincident, of our two words: the space in creative criticism. Only roughly coincident, mind, for to make a space is to interrupt as well as to conjoin [...] The space in creative criticism is the opening in which the creative and the critical are at once brought together - pressed to collaborate - and, in appearing cut, kept apart.’
- Stephen Benson and Clare Connors
‘etymologically, the text is a tissue, a woven fabric'
- Roland Barthes
Hello, hello, can you hear us, oh lovely reader? This is an intervention: we need to talk about your critical practice.
‘“The best readings of art are art,” said George Steiner (an academic!); the great books add up to a tacit “syllabus of enacted criticism” … In such instances the distinction between imaginative and critical writing disappears’
- Geoff Dyer
‘The language of pain operates through signs […] the wound functions as a trace of where the surface of another entity (however imaginary) has impressed upon the body, an impression that is felt and seen as the violence of negation […] our task instead is to learn how to hear what is impossible'
- Sara Ahmed
1. Philol. (Usually in pl.) Applied to words having the same sound, but differing in meaning or derivation; also to different symbols denoting the same sound or group of sounds.
‘Despite the lateness of what is beginning here, we can be quite sure that it won’t be a question of some kind of last word. It’s crucial for readers not to expect it, the last word.'
- Jacques Derrida
Ahmed, Sara, The Cultural Politics of Emotion (New York: Routledge, 2004)
Barthes, Roland, ‘The Death of the Author’, in: Image Music Text (London: Fontana, 1977)
Benson, Stephen, and Clare Connors, introduction to Creative Criticism: An Anthology and Guide (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014)
Derrida, Jacques, ‘As If It Were Possible, “Within Such Limits”’, in: Paper Machine, trans. Rachel Bowlby (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005)
Dyer, Geoff, Out of Sheer Rage: In the Shadow of D.H. Lawrence (London: Abacus, 1998)
'homophone, n.', 'seam, n.1', 'seem, n.', 'seem, adj.', 'seme, n.', OED online, last modified December, 2016, accessed February, 6, 2017.