The Dead Beat by Cody James

-Reviewed by Lucy Ayrton- The Dead Beat is a haunting, dreamy account of a group of four young men – Adam, our narrator, and his three flatmates – losing control of their lives. The Hale-Bopp comet hanging over their home serves as a metaphor for the lives of the inhabitants – they look like they’re…

Pop Fiction

-Reviewed by Helen Weldon- Pop Fiction is an adventurous experiment made up of contributions from some of the new writers on www.YouWriteOn.com. The concept is simple, each writer has to produce two short stories inspired by songs, one must be based on the pre-assigned ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie, the other can be from any pop song that takes their fancy.…

Goblin Fruit- Winter 2011

  -Reviewed by Ruth Jenkins- Goblin Fruit is a webzine of fantastical poetry published quarterly. It’s interested in mythic, surreal, and folkloric themes in poetry that uses evocative language and rhythm, in the magical and the forbidden. Rather than being numbered, each issue quietly draws its name and tone from the passing season. This time…

Envoi #157 October 2010

-Reviewed by Juliet Wilson-   Envoi is a UK based poetry journal that has been going since 1957, under various editors, currently Jan Fortune-Wood. One of the aspects of Envoi that I particularly like is that it actually showcases poets. This issue features seven poems from Abegail Morley (shortlisted last year for best first collection in…

In conversation with Roddy Lumsden

Having heard through his interview with Ink Sweat & Tears that poet Roddy Lumsden was selecting for Best British Poetry 2011 from magazines, journals and ezines, I just had to find out more. Below, Roddy Lumsden shares with us information on the process, his thoughts on the state of British publications as well as the…

Different Chemistry / Guage by Rupert M. Loydell

-Reviewed by Alex Campbell- Poetry is not visual art. They certainly share many properties, but the bare presentation of a scene, without judgement or even elucidation is not one of them. Visual art is balder, more all-at-once than poetry, which of necessity must be sequential. We watch the individual poetical brush-strokes as they happen before…

The Literary Bird Journal #1.2

-Reviewed by Juliet Wilson- The LBJ is a biannual publication dedicated to  creative writing about birds. Its title comes from the acronym for “little brown job,” used by birders to describe difficult-to-identify species, such as many warblers or sparrows. The LBJ publishes creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, narrative scholarship, literary journalism and showcases visual art –…

End of the Year Round-Up: Michael Hulse

Michael Hulse is a poet, critic, academic and translator of more than sixty books from  German. He has edited the Könemann Literature Classics series and co-edited the Bloodaxe anthology The New Poetry. He currently teaches short fiction and poetry at the University of Warwick, where he also edits The Warwick Review. His latest publications are The Secret History (poems, Arc) and…