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The Nightwork by Peter Kenny

-Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope- Mythology always provides a rich seam for writers to draw from, especially when they uncover mythic resonances in their everyday lives. When the myths rise up through the skin of the world, the everyday minutiae of life is revealed as what it is: powerful and interesting. When forging the useable,…

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Interview with Lysiane Rakotoson

-with Claire Trévien- Pour une version française de l’entretien, voir ci-dessous. Claire Trévien You might only be 26 years old but you are among the rising stars of poetry in France with a well-received first collection, published by Cheyne, which won the prestigious Prix de la Vocation in 2010. What made you choose the slightly…

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Mine by Holly Corfield Carr

-Reviewed by Harry Giles- Finding ways to document live performance is a perennial problem for the performing arts: watching a video of a show is rarely enthralling, and photographs and scripts usually fail to capture the sense of intimate action. Often documentation is used purely for marketing purposes, missing the maxim that “How we talk…

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Ten: The New Wave, ed. by Karen McCarthy Woolf

-Reviewed by Sohini Basak- A poetry anthology titled Ten the New Wave may need a bit of a context for those not familiar with the trends of British poetry publishing and the lack of representation of poets of colour. The remedy was initiated by the writer Bernardine Evaristo in the Free Verse report commissioned by…

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Undisturbed Circles by Bethany W. Pope

-Reviewed by Steve Nash- Many moons ago, in the days of togas and popular bucolic mime, an Alexandrian poet named Sotades decided to embed his virulent invective and obscene verse within playful and intricate palindromic patterns, and, ever since, writers have echoed his call. Few though show as much audacity in their commitment to the…

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Animaux Sacrés by Noni Benegas

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien- It’s an act of triple filtering to want to share the poetry of Noni Benegas, translated from Spanish into French, and now shared with you in English. Although an English translation of her poems, Burning Cartography, was published in 2007, I have to admit that it’s sheer luck while riffling through…

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Rivers Wanted by Rachel Piercey

-Reviewed by Jennifer Wong- It is hard not to fall in love with Rachel Piercey’s latest pamphlet, Rivers Wanted, with its quizzical, imaginative world at once familiar and strange; its sensitive, honest and playful language. The book begins with an intriguing confessional voice in ‘Hare': ‘Hare, in my mind, often frightens.’ Tracing the animal’s intuitiveness…

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Hannah, Are You Listening? by Hamish Whyte

-Reviewed by Rishi Dastidar-   ‘Charm’. And immediately, in front of your screens, I see your hackles rise, suspicion in your eyes. For ‘charm’ in the poetic context is dangerous. Very dangerous indeed. Here is a posit: that ‘charm’ is an even worse word to use in the description and criticism of poetry – even…