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Texaners by T. F. Rhoden

-Reviewed by Jessica Gregory- ‘…those perfectly imperfect souls of expansive, yet common diversity.’ -Texaners What comes to mind when thinking of Texas? What stands out from the jumble of imagery that us non-Texans have subconsciously absorbed from various transmitters? Some montage of the following, I would say: the lonely ranches in the desert with their…

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The Trouble With Humpadori by Vidhu Aggarwal

– Reviewed by Angelina D’Roza – The Trouble with Humpadori, from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, was an Editor’s Choice Award Winner, described as “a screwball experiment in empire building starring a racialized monstrous entity called Hump [… who] morphs across commodity forms, genders, and origin stories.” The definition of the Humpadori is “A performing…

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You Were That White Bird by Shelley Girdner

– Reviewed by Elizabeth Rimmer – The blurb for You Were That White Bird states that this collection “looks at the lifespan of a relationship – from the beginning of love until its end, and how different it can look with time and distance.” I found this seriously misleading: there is no overall sense of one developing relationship, or…

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Semblance by Sarer Scotthorne

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – In Semblance, Sarer Scotthorne presents poems on the discipline, internal strength and knowledge gained through training in martial arts. They appear in English alongside Albert Zhang’s Mandarin and Cantonese translations. Full marks to erbacce for doing this: my language skills don’t allow me to comment on the translations, but I…

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Tongues of Fire by Jane Burn

– Reviewed by Grant Tarbard – I first encountered Jane Burn as an illustrator: her wonderful artwork lit up the page and made the accompanying poems sing like a Swainson’s Thrush. Her artwork is very well known in the UK’s poetry community, for it is as beautiful as it is layered, but she is also a renowned writer who…

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Impossible Things: Creative Future Literary Winners

– Reviewed by Grant Tarbard – Impossible Things is an anthology featuring the twelve award winning entries in the 2015 Creative Future Literary Awards. A happy marriage between Kingston University Press and Myriad Editions, this is an interesting read, with works from Catherine Edmunds, Alexi Francis, Des Mannay, Sanya Semakula, Jackie Hagan, Moray Sanders, Suna Akiah, Oliver…

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Dissolve to: LA – Action Movie Poems by James Trevelyan

– Reviewed by Jenna Clake – In James Trevelyan’s DISSOLVE to: L.A., poems are voiced by the minor characters of 1980s and ’90s cult action films. Trevelyan gives space for the unheard to speak their minds, resulting in dynamic, confessional and angry poems. ‘Lloyd’ introduces some of the over-arching themes of the pamphlet: They gave me a…

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Communing by Ben Banyard

– Reviewed by Angela Topping – Communing is a beautifully produced, perfectly-bound pamphlet from Indigo Dreams, a publisher who is really striking out these days, with an ever-growing list of fine poets. Ben Banyard is the editor of Clear Poetry, a title which makes me think of mountain streams. I had a feeling I would like…

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Too Many Humans of New York by Abigail Welhouse

– Reviewed by Charlie Baylis – Abigail Welhouse is walking around New York in wet pants: It’s only 11:37 AM on Monday morning but already it’s been a day, a rainy day, a day running for the subway and barely catching it, a day panting with wet pants and arranging my umbrella [from ‘Report from…