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In Conversation with Dave Coates

-With Charles Whalley- Dave Coates, writing on his blog (davepoems.wordpress.com) and elsewhere, is becoming known as one of the most consistently entertaining, wide-ranging and prolific reviewers writing online, giving detailed and good-natured appraisal of high profile new collections. Paul McMenemy, editor of Lunar Poetry magazine, recently described his work as “possibly the best poetry reviews…

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Letting Go by Angela Topping

-Reviewed by Emma Lee- The title is from a Cecil Day-Lewis quote: ‘How selfhood begins with a walking away, / And love is proved in the letting go.’ Through the poems within, Angela Topping explores the process of letting go, when parents have to let go of children and when children let go of parents.…

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‘Above Sugar Hill’ by Linda Mannheim

-Reviewed by Nick Murray- It’s like all those snapshots of New York – Brooklyn and Manhattan – in the 70s and 80s that you remember seeing when you were young. Starting with grainy reruns of Sesame Street – complete with proto-PSAs, where afroed kids would perch their bellbottoms on doorway steps – to pictures your…

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Horatio and Me by Lettie Mckie

- reviewed by James Webster – ArtsLav – a venue that’s ‘flush’ with success I’ve always been a fan of site-specific shows; putting art into unexpected and strange places is a great way to craft a unique and interesting event, but I have to say I was surprised when I heard that this gig was…

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Raspberries for the Ferry by Andrew Wynn Owen

-Reviewed by C.A. LaRue-   The last decade or so has seen a revival in formalism, especially amongst women and feminist poets. In an essay on the resurgence of received form (from The Body of Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2005)) Annie Finch writes, “I can think of no more poignant a model for the…

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Elbow Room #3 & #4

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- An ongoing, sexy trend in the arts is collaborations, both live and on the page, or wall, or screen. Launched in 2012, Elbow Room curates art journals and live events as platforms for collaborations between artists. One of their specialty publications is a slim, hand-bound pamphlet that pairs the visual with…