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lo-fi frags in progress by Frances Kruk

– Reviewed by Ryan Ormonde – I am struck by the consistency of lo-fi frags in progress, the first full-length book from Frances Kruk. The (anti-) artistry of its fragmentary narrative is suspended over a series of 16 collages dispersed throughout the text, and a translation (‘the fidelity of which’ has been ‘eroded’) of Danielle Collobert’s ‘Chants des…

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The Bone and the Body by Laura Kochman

– Reviewed by Angelina D’Roza – “In the interests of full disclosure, this is the bad end of the beach.” This is the opening line of Laura Kochman’s debut collection, The Bone and the Body. With it we arrive at a house that “is sunburn”, and the rocks, the oysters and salt that will recur throughout…

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Where You Start From by Lindy Barbour

– Reviewed by Anthony Costello – Lindy Barbour’s Where You Start From is an enchanting book. From the first poem ‘First, the Garden. November 1956′ where “sunlight on your walls threw sharp / shadow branches of apple trees, plums, espaliered pears” to the last ‘Lost House’ where “sun streamed / down from the sloping garden…

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The Hitting Game by Graham Clifford

– Reviewed by Rachel Stirling – Graham Clifford’s The Hitting Game is self questioning, the poet tuning into his life in much the same way as he tunes his AM radio. Where do you go with the given? What do you do with your finite slice of time? What happens when doing and moving is all that you know, and…

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Bad Baby by Abigail Welhouse

– Reviewed by Becky Varley–Winter – With its pink cover and skull-&-crossbones, Abigail Welhouse’s Bad Baby announces itself as a bold splash of colour. The opening poem is not, for me, the strongest representation of her work as a whole, which is more subtle: babies aren’t usually thought of as ‘bad’, but this baby is, geddit? This baby “will…

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CUTS by Rosie Miles

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – Rosie Miles’ CUTS are multifaceted and not confined to physical cuts. In the opening poem, “Every Saturday Morning” the butcher, Dave, mimics customers for the benefit of a seventeen-year-old student working on Saturdays: Dave would find me swilling out beneath the fluorescent lights, and he’d always ask what was I going…

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Artist Spotlight: Jamaal May

– by Zoë Brigley Thompson – Jamaal May is a Detroit-raised poet who has been described as a ‘rising star’ of American poetry. His debut collection, HUM, has won numerous awards and Jamaal received the Spirit of Detroit Award in 2014. He also co-directs Organic Weapon Arts, a press that publishes a superb range of…

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Ten Poems About Aunts ed. by Anne Harvey, & Ten Bedtime Poems (vol. 1), ed. by William Boyd

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – Part of Candlestick Press’ Ten Poems… pamphlet series, Ten Poems about Aunts looks to counteract the bad press writers such as P. G. Wodehouse and Richmal Crompton have given aunts. Christine Webb’s “Aunt Em” “ruled / the kitchen and family with loving / labour and sharp-eyed reproof,” a tough but kindly family…