‘Goldfish Tears’ by Curtis Ackie

-Reviewed by Nick Sweeney- Arguably, one approach to the short story is to take ordinary people and show extraordinary events happening to them – after all, we don’t want to read stories of ordinary people doing ordinary things. In Curtis Ackie’s Goldfish Tears, nearly all of the characters are extraordinary to start with, ensuring that…

Lies/Isle (The Horror Issue)

                -Reviewed by Thomas White- Lies/Isle declare that they invite submissions dealing with the ‘space between static and time based elements’. That is to say, those moments in which the temporal flow is suspended by a consciousness intent on taking in the minutiae of detail encircling it. The…

‘#romance’ by Jess Green

-Reviewed by Éireann Lorsung- Imagine—maybe this is easy, maybe you have to strain a bit—that time when you were just done with university. Anything could happen. Hopped up on the expectations and praise and challenges of your tutors, you head out into the world. And then what? In Jess Green’s chapbook, the ‘then what’ is…

‘How Many Camels Is Too Many?’ by Colette Sensier

-Reviewed by Éireann Lorsung- There is an essay by the poet Adrienne Rich entitled “Tourism and Promised Lands” (it’s in her book What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics), in which Rich examines what she calls tourism in poetry. By ‘tourism’, Rich indicts the assumption underlying the use of the ‘exotic’ in metaphor…

‘Pub Stuntman’ by Tim Clare

They dragged him from the podium the mic fell slack and squealed and back inside his hotel room his tortured mind unpeeled.                         (‘The Strange Death of Charlie Wordsworth: Stand-Up Poet’)   -Reviewed by Seán Hewitt- Pub Stuntman is Tim Clare’s debut collection, but it comes as the product of an already-established poetic career. Clare has…

‘Human Shade’ by Robert Peake

-Reviewed by Martha Sprackland- if what is true brings us sorrow, if what sorrow brings is truth…                                 (‘Desdemona’s Apology’) Human Shade is, unusually, a pamphlet published in a single volume sandwiched between pamphlets from two other poets, and it is in reading the whole that Peake particularly stands out. This is the sort of…

‘Braking Distance’ by Calum Kerr

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien- Of late, motorways appear to be enjoying some sort of a renaissance among creative writers. Erbacce Press has just published an anthology of poetry and fiction titled In the Company of Ghosts: The Poetics of the Motorway, and now Calum Kerr, in only the second Salt Modern Voices fiction pamphlet, offers…

Edinburgh Reviews Day 7 (07/08/12) part 2: The Girl with No Heart, Evie and the Perfect Cupcake, Ash Dickinson @ the Inky Fingers Minifest

- reviewed by James Webster and Dana Bubulj – These are the last of the Edinburgh reviews from Sabotage’s Performance Editor James Webster and his stalwart reviewer Dana Bubulj. We had a great time in Edinburgh, saw some amazing spoken word artists and reviewed 35 shows. And although this means we mightn’t  have new bumper-reviews every day, we’ve got…

Edinburgh Reviews Day 7 (07/08/12) part 1: Oddlie, Charlie Dupré Presents the Tales of Shakey P, Perle, Other Voices: Alternative Spoken Word

- reviewed by James Webster and Dana Bubulj – These are the last of the Edinburgh reviews from Sabotage’s Performance Editor James Webster and his stalwart reviewer Dana Bubulj. We had a great time in Edinburgh, saw some amazing spoken word artists and reviewed 35 shows. And although this means we mightn’t  have new bumper-reviews…