BLIP, Fall 2010

-Reviewed by Claire Trevien- You could say that BLIP has an identity crisis problem since you might know it under a different name, as RickMagazine.net or the MississippiReview.com, but the various transfers have not dented this quarterly’s reputation. Indeed, Flavor Wire rated it No2 in its top ten literary magazine list. Each issue is guest edited…

Earthspeak #4, Summer 2010

-Reviewed by Juliet Wilson- EarthSpeak is a new online literary journal that explores the ‘relationship between humanity and its home’. As Seth Jani, says in his ‘Letter from the Editor’: ‘Since time immemorial it has been the role of the storyteller, the poet, the shaman, the bard, to bring to light a vision of man and…

Pocket Spellbook vs Coin Opera

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson- Dr Fulminare is an excommunicated alchemist who gathers together poems and drawings so that they can be printed by his minions at Sidekick Books. Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone take credit as editors (minions), but in the shadow of the domineering literary persona that is Dr Fulminare. As such, Dr…

Clementine #4

Clementine was launched in 2008 and is a literary magazine for persona poetry and photography. By persona poetry, Clementine means poems employing an invented speaker. The ‘about’ page explains the magazine’s title, which seems unrelated: ‘Clementine refers both to a small citrus and a folk song. We appreciate twang.’ The journal’s set up is very simple:…

Stone Telling # 1

-Reviewed by Tori Truslow- ‘Those who cross boundaries live in a place between silence and speech’ begins Rose Lemberg’s introduction to this new online magazine for literary speculative poetry. It’s worth reading that again. It’s not saying boundary-crossers live in silence, nor is it saying that speech is the only alternative to silence. Like a…

Albatross Poetry Journal #21

-Reviewed by Juliet Wilson- Albatross is a poetry journal published since 1985 by the Anabiosis Press. These days it is available both online and in print format. According to the publisher’s blog: ‘the journal’s title is drawn from Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and is intended to invoke the allegorical implications of that…