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A Bloody Mess by Richard O’Brien

– Reviewed by JPL – You dust the beauty of a death as yet unnamed irregular, reveal a new age of the old. All hail the self-stained bone-girl…… [Mary Anning] While tourists flock to the Jurassic Coast, it feels right to hail Mary Anning. It is not original to remind folk of the radical interpretation of history: that it is the…

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Steps by Mark Goodwin

– Reviewed by Sarah Hymas – The front cover of Steps, Mark Goodwin’s sixth title, shows a sea slater, a relative of the woodlouse, which inhabits coastal areas. It is a small creature, growing to a maximum of 3cm, an entirely appropriate image for a book which explores walking in the world (or, at least, England, Ethiopia, Spain and Wales) and the multitude of…

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Kissing Angles by Sarah Fletcher

– Reviewed by JPL – sputtering for air beneath the surface of a dream     [Beach Combing] This is how Sarah Fletcher’s first pamphlet, Kissing Angles, ends. Beneath the dream’s surface are many faces of love’s metamorphosis, taking on moods and masks:                                        …

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Caboodle by Karina Vidler, Gill McEvoy, Russell Jones, Kate Garrett, Angela Croft & Rafael Miguel Montes

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – Caboodle carries the weight of six poets’ craft, experience and skill, but that weight is countered by humour, and accurate, pinpointed observations. The poems lighten the burden by being honed of excess baggage, lifting themselves from the page to be read silently or aloud. It’s an easy book to read, although individual poems…

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A Skyful of Kites by Jessamine O’Connor

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – Jessamine O’Connor uses the poems in A Skyful of Kites to express anger, particularly at the failure and impotence of politics at home and abroad, both historically and in the present. However, these poems are not rants or directionless venting. In ‘Original Sin’, targeted at the uncovering of mass graves in Catholic-run…

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Trainspotters by Greg Freeman

– Reviewed by Steve Nash – Greg Freeman’s Trainspotters begins with a nostalgic tribute to a brother slightly at odds with his own identity, a fitting first calling in a journey of juxtapositions that continually effuses great warmth for its subjects.  However, scratch through the intricate surface of Freeman’s warm and tranquil speech, and you find…

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Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment by Minal Hajratwala

– Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey – Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment is published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, one of whose patrons is Carolyn Forché; Hajaratwala is also fortunate enough to have attended workshops by poets as diverse as Li-Young Lee and Kim Addonizio, among others. The book is many years in the making, and all the richer for it.…

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Chill Pill (Canada Water Culture Space, 26/02/15)

- reviewed by Lette McKie – Amongst the huge array of spoken word in London, Chill Pill is hands down one of the best nights around. Long running and consistently entertaining, it’s curated by a group of knowledgeable and passionate poets who take their work seriously whilst also seeming to have a lot of fun. Raymond…

Fictionvale 2: I Call My Spaceship Trigger

Fictionvale Magazine #2: I Call My Spaceship Trigger

-Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope- Fictionvale, edited by Venessa Giunta and Jenna Barton, is a bi-monthly short-story journal that focuses on mixed-genre stories. If you enjoyed the television show Firefly, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, or the alternate-history of Philip K Dick’s The Man in the High Castle this magazine is right up your street.…