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Light, Sound, Water and Want: Notes Towards a Common Vocabulary in New Orleans Small Press Poetry

-Reviewed by C.A. LaRue- In the afterglow of the 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, I was able to hook up with two of the city’s small press poetry publishers: Trembling Pillow Press and Lavender Ink/Diálogos for copies of some of their latest titles. Though my selections are by writers from diverse backgrounds—only one of…

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Interview with Metalalia

Writer Alex Nicholson and musician Pam Shaffer launch their new multimedia story-telling experience this month, a collaboration that has brought them together across the Atlantic. Metalalia, an immersive app for tablet and smartphone devices, will give its audience fairytales with a modern twist, accompanied by a unique soundtrack and visual art. They’ve already made a…

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The Golden Key #2: Old Things

-Reviewed by Nick Murray- “That’s like the time – I know this guy – and this one time…” It’s a line we all knew so well to expect around the dinner table, or at the pub, or halfway through a film. Tom is that friend of mine (that friend that we all have in one…

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Goldfish by Jennifer Wong

-Reviewed by Lucy Ayrton-  Do not talk to trees. At night they dance in ballet shoes, Tell secrets to one another, Put on a ring, wisdom for every year.” (‘Myth’). Goldfish by Jennifer Wong is a beautiful and perfectly sculpted collection of poems, drawing on the poet’s experiences in Hong Kong and England, and infused…

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The Contradictions of Flesh by Sonia Hendy-Isaac

-Reviewed by C.A. LaRue- If Sonia Hendy-Isaac’s “soul is a dark forest,” as Anton Chekhov says, she explores the bounds of it with a sharp, gritty axe.  The language in her first collection is frank and at times deeply sensual, but always with that dark edge, which seems to come from the confines of her…

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Strong Room by Roelof Bakker and Jane Wildgoose

-Reviewed by Eleanor Hemsley- Strong Room holds an enchanting collection of photographs alongside a short story that reignites a sense of archaic longing within us. The focus is, as with many other things, on the digital age, and the things modern day humans are missing out on. But this doesn’t come across as a stuck-in-the-past…

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Shadow Dispatches by Polly Atkin

-Reviewed by Billy Mills- The landscape of Shadow Dispatches by Polly Atkin moves between waking and dream, the world of nature and the world of social interaction, in a set of extremely well-made poems and short sequences of thoughtful observation of both these worlds. The opening poem, ‘This Book’, is a clever semi-collage prefaratory piece…

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The Last Walking Stick Factory by David Hale

-Reviewed by Angela Topping- The Last Walking Stick Factory is Hale’s first pamphlet of poems, yet there is a feeling of maturity in the work. These poems have been a while in the crafting; there is a slow patience at work which sits well with the main theme of trees and wood. There is also…