‘Oh-zones’ by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a performance poet, and there is something of the immediacy of the spoken word in this chapbook.  But while the spoken word relies on an instant connection, not only to the words, but to the physical presence of the poet, here, we simply have the words on the page.…

Poetry Olympics: Word Games 17/07/12

- Reviewed by Dana Bubulj – @ Theatre Delicatessen It was rather difficult to miss the looming [Redacted] over London this season. What better way to respond to this is by appropriating it for poetry? In a pop up Theatre Delicatessen, housed innocuously in an old BBC building, Cat Brogan hosted an alternate [Redacted], with…

‘Organon’ by Meredith Andrea

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey-   In this chapbook, the reader is challenged to work out Meredith Andrea’s ‘means of reasoning, system of logic,’ which is the definition of the chapbook’s title, Organon. Andrea’s poetry has a subtle distinctiveness; painterly, with surprising associations. Several of her poems appear to be ekphrastics, indicating her interest in the visual…

‘Peneloping’ by Amy Hollowell

-Reviewed by Suzannah Evans-  Amy Hollowell‘s Peneloping is published by Corrupt Press, a small press based in Paris. For the most part they publish work in English by writers from non-Anglophone countries. Director Dylan Harris’ mission statement on the press’s website  is encouraging; ‘Those poetry sects…I don’t care for them. I do care for interesting…

‘The Space Between Things’ by Charlie Hill

-Reviewed by Martin Macaulay- Like a time-lapse recording, a sound recording, of a period and time when people were drawn together by a combination of narcotics, techno and a swelling anti-establishment noise-mongering, Charlie Hill’s The Space Between Things vividly documents a growing counter-culture movement. The account is fictional but so grounded in early-90s historical accuracy…

‘Garden (dec unit)’ by Monty Reid and ‘Ships Made of Fake Fur’ by James Jewell

-Reviewed by Seán Hewitt- In Monty Reid’s Garden (dec unit) and James Jewell’s Ships Made of Fake Fur, Corrupt Press offer us new musings on sparseness. The pamphlets themselves are simple, paper booklets, uninspiringly yet neatly designed. But it’s what’s on the inside that counts… Monty Reid, Garden (dec unit) (Corrupt Press, 2012) Canadian poet Monty Reid’s…

‘Pauses at Zebra Crossings’ by Janette Ayachi

-Reviewed by Judi Sutherland- The contents page of Janette Ayachi’s chapbook Pauses at Zebra Crossings reads like a travel journal. Ayachi’s varied cityscapes take us from Manhattan to Bergamo, Newcastle to Nuremburg.  The theme is mostly love and lost love, in series of bedrooms, streets and airports. There’s an underlying feeling of dislocation and a…

Four 2011 Poetry Business Prizewinners (Smith/Doorstop 2012)

-Reviewed by Sophie Mayer- The four 2011 Poetry Business prize-winning pamphlets, chosen by Carol-Ann Duffy and published by Smith/Doorstop, set out their ambitious stall in their titles: Kim Moore wonders If We Could Speak Like Wolves; Julie Mellor imagines Breathing Through Our Bones; Suzannah Evans names our Confusion Species; and Rosie Shepperd looks, paradigmatically, for That…