The Girl on the Red Pillow - Angelika Rust

The Girl on the Red Pillow by Angelika Rust

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet- In The Girl on the Red Pillow, Angelica Rust plays the ‘What the f—k?’ card repeatedly. Sometimes this has an imaginative Alice in Wonderland effect; but it also causes the story’s tension to be occasionally broken by unintended hilarity. Yet despite this the book is very enjoyable. It also brings to…

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Lunar Poetry #1

-Reviewed by Zara Raab- Lunar Poetry earns its name in this first issue, full of tunes and nonsense, word play and wit (right down to the names of the poets), weddings gone awry and stanzas sent topsy-turvy. Lesley Burt’s “Turning the Picnic Tables” recreates in four tercets Manet’s famous painting (Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe) with…

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The Half-Life of Fathers by Vanessa Gebbie

 -Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope-             Vanessa Gebbie’s debut collection, The Half –Life of Fathers, is a smooth, polished production that treats the evolution of a family history. The poems are crafted with a great deal of skill; there are no edges that threaten to cut you, every line ends on an interesting word, and…

Faber New Poets 12 Declan Ryan

Faber New Poets 12 by Declan Ryan

-Reviewed by Richie McCaffery- I was recently reading a 1989 review of Richard Wilbur’s Collected Poems by Ian Hamilton in which Hamilton talks of the ‘ringingly emotive punch-line’ endings of Wilbur’s poems. I think this phrase can be turned on its head for Declan Ryan, who seems to have a knack for coming up with…

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Alternative Beach Sports by Michelle Madsen

-Reviewed by Tom Weir- Alternative Beach Sports is the first collection by Michelle Madsen, a poet who has already made a name for herself on the performance poetry scene. It is a dense collection, packed full of the energy, urgency and humour people who know her work will be familiar with. It is a striking…

Posthumous Stories by David Rose

Posthumous Stories by David Rose

-Reviewed by Rebecca Burns- Posthumous Stories by David Rose, published by Salt, runs to over 200 pages and comprises sixteen pieces of fiction. The title may mislead some readers: these aren’t stories collected together to memorialise a deceased writer – Rose is very much alive. Rather, as the blurb on the jacket informs, the stories…

Observing the Observables #3

Observing the Observables #3

-Reviewed by Andie Berryman- At first glance this volume of writing and graphics seems quite testosterone-fuelled, kind of a kickback 1990s slacker re-imagining of the popular diaspora of late sixties biker culture offerings such as Easy Rider and Steppenwolfs Born to be Wild. The choppers are there but they’ve run out of fuel, they serve…