Doubtist Books is a publishing and media company originally set up to fund, print, distribute and market the poetry of Alexander Velky.
Alexander came 2nd in the Fish Poetry Prize in 2010, judged by Matthew Sweeney, and “The mirror ball” in The Fish Anthology of that year was his first published poem, giving him ideas above his station that would nevermore be shifted. At that time he began work on what became his primary artistic outlet, the Has Doubts series: relatively simple poems combining narrative, allegory, biography, history and autobiography, with the intention of articulating important questions facing humanity.
He published volume one, a 33-poem collection called “Mistaken for art or rubbish“, in 2013. It sold a little over 100 copies and received two negative reviews by poets who were preoccupied with the aggressive accompanying press release. A performance of a poem from the collection (entitled “The box”) was shortlisted in a competition run by Scotland’s international poetry festival, the StAnza 2014 online slam in summer 2014.
Has Doubts: Volume Two “Rhymes for all times” followed in 2015. A poem from this collection, “John Simpson’s Burka”, was shortlisted by Glyn Maxwell in the 2013 Live Canon international poetry competition and published in the subsequent anthology. “Sonnets from the corners of the map” was similarly recognized in 2014. “Kuzka’s mother”, was also shortlisted in the 2014 Poetic Republic Poetry Prize. Velky launched the book with a performance and open-mic evening at a pub in London on December 1, 2015.
Alexander also spent much of 2014-15 on the National Anthems Project, using sonnets and oil-paintings of flags to explore notions of nationalism, mythology, history and identity. Early in 2015 he began a series of irregular collaborative podcasts featuring guest submissions (of poems, stories, songs etc.) called the Doubtcast.
Has Doubts: Volume Three “In the Men’s Room” is close to completion and due for publication in 2017 or 2018.