Christmas Special: Juliet Wilson

A couple of days ago, I sent a call out on twitter for Christmassy poems or flash fiction, so that I could feature a piece on Sabotage on this special day. Many entries were sent, and I had to make the difficult decision to choose just one. In the end Juliet Wilson’s poem ‘Mythology of…

Fiction Reviews: A 2011 ‘Top Ten’

-Decided by Richard T. Watson- It’s the time of year for lists again: lists of things, lists of people, lists of events and occasionally, just occasionally, lists of lists. I think lists of lists are my favourite. It’s also a time to look for Christmas presents. Sabotage’s own Claire Trévien has already provided a Top…

‘THE MOTH IS MOTH THIS MONEY NIGHT MOTH’ by David Berridge

-Reviewed by Rosie Breese- It’s awesome being a reviewer, because now and again, a jiffy bag comes through the letterbox containing something completely, wonderfully different. That’s exactly what happened when David Berridge’s superb collection THE MOTH IS MOTH THIS MONEY NIGHT MOTH plopped onto my doormat. A gorgeously put-together pamphlet from the Knives Forks and…

Poetry Pamphlets: A 2011 Top Ten

-Assembled by Claire Trevien- Pamphlets make the perfect Christmas present or stocking filler. For one, they’re usually gorgeously produced objects, for another there’s something manageable and enticing about their small size. So, if you’re trying to convert a loved one to poetry, you could do worse than spring one of these chapbooks on them. This…

Hammer & Tongue Camden vs Oxford: Part 1, Camden

10/10/11 @The Green Note Cafe – Reviewed by James Webster (with help from Dana Bubulj) – I have a fondness for Hammer and Tongue; their events were my first taste of performance poetry. Their slams running in 6 different locations provide a lot of people with similarly excellent introductions to poetry slams. So in October…

‘Zimzalla Object 005′ by Derek Beaulieu

-Reviewed by Suzannah Evans- Derek Beaulieu has stated himself that ‘there is still no accepted critical vocabulary for concrete poetry‘, and I can agree with this; reviewing his work presents some challenges. He is the editor of the visual poetry section of UBUWEB and the author of five poetry collections, three volumes of fiction and…

Night and Day #3

-Reviewed by Chris Emslie- This magazine, an offshoot of Vintage Books (they’re the ones who affix pretty, minimalist red-and-white covers to all the books you feel like you should have read by now), is interesting because it strays from the conventional literary magazine model. Yes, it offers a variety of prose and poetry, set alongside…

‘Organ Speech’ by Megan Fernandes

-Reviewed by Charles Whalley- From the Paris-based Corrupt Press, the unremarkable cover of Megan Fernandes’ Organ Speech hides a remarkable collection of poems that are mature, intelligent and bold, ranging over family, memory, desire, botany, neuroscience, Anglo-Saxon poetry, The Troubles, and Alice in Wonderland . The best description of her surreal style is perhaps (to borrow…