‘machine gun’ by Jean-Christophe Belleveaux

-Reviewed by Claire Trevien- On one of my last days in Paris, I stumbled across what I’d been looking for for some time: pamphlets by a French independent publisher. Jean-Christophe Belleveaux’s machine gun stood out from the other pamphlets on sale with its lack of sentimentality and the terseness of his language. Editions Potentille, the publisher…

Two Nine Arches Press Pamphlets by Deborah Tyler-Bennett and Angela France

 -Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- Mytton…Dyer…Sweet Billy Gibson by Deborah Tyler-Bennett focuses on character portraits of three eccentrics from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, one of whom was Tyler-Bennett’s great-grandfather. Tyler-Bennett is clearly attracted to larger-than-life personalities, and her poems attempt to capture the essence of these colourful characters, largely through anecdotal narratives. Her use of…

‘Vintage Sea’ by Marion McCready

-Reviewed by Mark Burnhope- If reading McCready’s debut pamphlet puts me in mind of two or three poets in particular, that’s not to say anything, necessarily, about wearing influences on sleeves. It’s probably fairer to say that Vintage Sea carries its salt in its water. Sylvia Plath is ever-present here, but rather than appearing in…

‘An Animal’s Guide to Earthly Salvation’ by Jack R. Johnson

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- In Jack R. Johnson’s An Animal’s Guide to Earthly Salvation, protagonist Jeffrey Rawlings is an assistant at a veterinary clinic, but as the publisher’s blurb notes, ‘it’s not just the animals that need a cure’. Jeff’s family is rife with dysfunction, from his hypochondriac mother Dorothy, to his sister Caroline with…

Political: A Gender @ the Royal Vauxhall Tavern 01/09/11

-Reviewed by James Webster and Dana Bubulj- ‘The Cutlery Drawer’: a project raising funds for charities through music, cabaret and poetry events. ‘Political: A Gender’ : their second event, in aid of the charity Gendered Intelligence. With all performances interacting with the themes of gender, sexuality, queerness and trans issues, it featured comedy, burlesque, music and, of…

‘Indignez-Vous!’ by Stéphane Hessel

-Reviewed by Claire Trevien- This review was originally written on 31 January 2011 but for various reasons can only be published now – as such it may seem rather out of date, but try to put your mind back to the January climate and its backdrop of student protests! Indignez-Vous! is the title of the unassuming…