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Altered Balance - A Tribute to Coil
by Jeremy Reed & Karolina Urbaniak

Altered Balance, a collaboration between the award-winning poet and novelist, Jeremy Reed, and the photographer, Karolina Urbaniak, is the first book devoted to Coil's founding member, John Balance, who tragically died of a fall on 13 November 2004.


Reed's close personal friendship with Balance is explored in an acutely detailed and moving sequence of poems, in a prose memoir recollecting his frequent visits to Chiswick and Weston-Super-Mare, and in the facsimile reproduction of a selection of highly idiosyncratic handwritten letters of Balance's that comprised a part of their regularly sustained correspondence over a period of eight years. The book is complemented throughout by Karolina Urbaniak's highly empathetic, mood-sensitive photos that resonate with Reed's charged imaginative writing.


''Altered Balance captures Geff's life perfectly. It sometimes makes for uncomfortable reading but that was very much what knowing Geff was like''


Standard Edition
2014, 2015 & 2019

Hardbound, 70 Pages, 200x200mm 

ISBN 978-1-9160091-3-4

First run 150 copies, second run 100 copies, third run 200

Shipping Tuesday 19 November

Collector's Edition III

Collector's Edition of 50 numbered and signed copies includes mounted photograph 8''x8'', an original funeral card from 2004 and a 48 pages long booklet. The booklet, Aquarian Tango, includes The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse an edited automatic text worked on periodically by John Balance and Jeremy Reed with the intention of recording the text or publishing it as a curious anomaly, reproduced letters from John to Jeremy and a series of new poems written by Jeremy Reed.

Collector's Edition

Collector's Edition of 28 numbered and signed copies includes mounted photograph 8''x8'' and handwritten poem by Jeremy Reed.