Halloween Special

This isn’t the usual practice, but as it’s Halloween, please find below Helen Kitson’s ‘Day of the Dead’ from her collection The Family Romance (published by Indigo Dreams and taken from their website). Enjoy! Day of the Dead Mum chose my best dress, the blue one with lacy sleeves. The arms were too short and crimplene made…

Popshot #4 – The Modern Living Issue

-Reviewed by Lucy Ayrton- ‘The Modern Living Issue’ is the fourth edition of Popshot, a magazine showcasing poetry and illustration, whose stated aim is to ‘hoodwink poetry back from the clammy hands of school anthologies and funeral readings.’ This laudable aim was only partially achieved. While, for instance, a sonnet about the X Factor neatly…

‘From the Boat’ by Myra Connell

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson- There’s something dreamlike about Myra Connell’s pamphlet, From the Boat, published by Nine Arches Press. Look at it, all grey and unassuming: That’s not what makes it dreamlike (unless you have dreams that are grey and unassuming). There’s a little joke in the way the title is reflected, as though the letters…

Sparkbright #4

-Reviewed by Alex Campbell- The cover art of Sparkbright issue 4 (courtesy of Julia Spiese) is quirky and imaginative – even if the combination of goldfish and lightbulb personally gives me a wholly false impression that this issue is going to be about the transitory nature of memory – and suggests that the magazine’s contents…

Turbulence #4

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- The Editor’s Note to Issue Four of Turbulence makes a bold claim for the current issue: ‘a very strong selection of poems…from some quite excellent poets’. The magazine itself is a humble, minimalist affair on the inside, although this issue happens to have a delightfully quirky, paint-splattered cover design that suits…