Paper Darts

-Reviewed by Roy Marmelstein- Paper Darts is a strange but ambitious beast. Based in Minneapolis, it’s a beautifully-illustrated but sometimes difficult to browse website that sets out to showcase exciting art, poetry, music and prose. Now, the problem with this sort of thing is that the qualities of the different arts aren’t really the same. What makes a…

New Linear Perspectives (Subversion Edition, April 2011)

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- New Linear Perspectives (NLP) is a Scotland-based literary arts and culture journal, edited by Andrew F. Giles and Claudia Massie. The site clearly intends to be comprehensive in its coverage of different aspects of culture, with a growing archive that already features art and film reviews, photography, as well as a…

‘I Sing of Bricks’ by Angela Topping & ‘Erec & Enide’ by Amy De’ath

 -Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- These two poets inhabit entirely different worlds, not just because they come from different generations, but in their approach to poetry, Topping’s being more traditional and De’Ath’s experimental. The overall word that comes to mind when considering Topping’s chapbook is ‘clarity’. She focuses on objects that have a symbolic value for her…

‘No, Robot, No!’ by Jon Stone and Kirsten Irving

-Reviewed by Claire Trevien-  Roy Marvin and Eve Bishop, the authors of No, Robot, No! are in fact, as you probably know, Jon Stone and Kirsten Irving, the maverick power-couple behind Fuselit, Sidekick Books and other delicious projects. Jon Stone writes here that the reason for the pseudonyms was that Irving didn’t feel ready for…

Thieves Jargon #205

-Reviewed by Ian Chung-  Thieves Jargon is a monthly online literary journal that has been running for nearly seven years now, producing more than 200 issues in that time. An in-house press has also been set up, which publishes work by writers who have been featured in Thieves Jargon. Their editorial manifesto lists an eclectic…

eFiction Magazine #12

-Reviewed by Kurage Kobayashi- eFiction Magazine is a monthly publication that can be read online at efictionmag.com. The magazine, however, is eclipsed by the surprisingly active and friendly site maintained by eFiction authors where the emphasis is on helping fellow writers to grow in craft and style. These contributors describe themselves as: “…a group of writers,…

Poetry Jam @ The Tea Box 08/04/11

-Reviewed by Dana Bubulj and James Webster- The Venue The Tea Box has a particular kind of energy: that of bergamot and old ladies. Based in Richmond, it’s atypical of the London poetry scene, with scones and tea lending a genteel and reserved air to proceedings. There was a good ratio of performers to audience…

‘Planet-Shaped Horse’ by Luke Kennard

-reviewed by Alex Campbell- “Client danger to self, others. Client already sees self as ‘author’. Having book out only exacerbates aberration. And for what? Does book even sell? Editor hangs up.” (Case Notes) Last month I was fortunate enough to catch a reading from Luke Kennard at a writers’ soiree at Warwick university, where, amongst…

Hackney Hammer & Tongue (@The Victoria) 04/04/11

-Reviewed by James Webster- The Night Another month and another Hammer & Tongue slam. The Victoria in Hackney is the newest place for H&T to ply their own particular poetic excellence, this being only the 3rd slam here. The venue does not at first look like a typical poetry venue, The Victoria having a certain…