Polarity Magazine #1 ‘Death vs. Taxes’

Polarity is a rare audacity in the midst of budget cuts: a beautifully produced glossy-papered magazine. At a time when magazines tend to keep themselves to the less pricey realm of internet, this is a bold move funded by editor George Ttouli and his parents. The magazine aims to fill a gap in the market…

Issue #24 La Petite Zine

I have just encountered issue #24 of La Petite Zine, an online literary magazine that has been running for over a decade. This longitude is quickly apparent when you enter the unusually user-friendly website. I mean by this that, as a reader, you have the opportunity to pick an individual author from the table of…

Katie Makkai – Pretty

The awesome Tori Truslow, who has a walking in Bangkok blog shared this link with me on facebook. I feel as if performance poetry has been lacking from this blog so I thought I’d share it. If you haven’t seen it already, it is a performance by slam poet Katie Makkai on the tyranny of…

Feeling competitive?

I have ordered all sorts of delicious pamphlets and poetry collections that I’ll get my hands on next week including the last two Anon, some Oystercatcher press and some Pighog press. In the meantime, for the more competitive-minded among you, here is a quick list of competitions with relatively urgent deadlines: 1) A John Lennon…

Tidbits of News

Apologies for the lack of a proper crit of anything for the last few days. I’ve been ill and I’m still recovering. I rather feel as if I have hooves instead of fingers when typing. Expect service to resume once fingers become human again. In the meantime, here are some things to keep you busy:…

Various Pieces of News #June

1) The Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition for 2010 is now open. The website also features a very useful workshop by Jane Holland on learning to remove from pedestals first drafts – I think we can all learn from that! 2) TODAY! Little Episodes is hosting an ‘afternoon of live music and literature, smack-dab in the…

Mark Halliday – No Panic Here

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien- Mark Halliday’s pamphlet ‘No panic here’ is one of those deceptively simple works. Halliday lures the reader in with his ‘ultra-talk’ – which I’d define, judging by this pamphlet, as colloquial poems that often function as dramatic-monologues. They are ‘theatrical’ in a large sense: the wings have been drawn back, you…

Happenstance’s Lucky Dip

I won’t be satisfied until the three columns of this new blog are full, and I fully intend to review the wonderful pamphlet ‘No Panic Here’ by Mark Halliday but, as I am in a rush, I will in the meantime advertise the means through which I acquired it. Happenstance Press has had the brilliant…