‘Sea Swim’ by John Wedgwood Clarke

-Reviewed by Judi Sutherland- The poems in John Wedgwood Clarke’s pamphlet, Sea Swim, are brief and bracing, like a dip in the North Sea off the beach at Scarborough. As the title indicates, the poems celebrate the sea, and in particular being in it, off that particular stretch of coastline. I notice, cynically, that the…

‘Diidxadó’ by Víctor Terán

-Reviewed by Judi Sutherland- Víctor Terán is a Mexican poet who writes in his native Zapotec, a minority language of the isthmus of Tehuantepec, the narrow strip of lowland that divides the Pacific from the Gulf of Mexico. This chapbook of his poems appears with the original – and unpronounceable – Zapotec on the left,…

‘Mass Graves: City of Now’ by Daniele Pantano

-Reviewed by Charles Whalley- Mass Graves: City of Now is a pamphlet about guilt, depravity, fear, madness, desire, unease, meaning, despair, sex, and pain. The cover of Daniele Pantano’s pamphlet is perfect. It is a photograph that alternatively resembles dead rosebuds, rotted bark or burnt paint, and that has a texture which seems to register…

An Interview with some Editors of Armchair/Shotgun

-Richard T. Watson speaks to Evan Simko-Bednarski and John Cusick- Earlier this year, we at Sabotage opened up voting for the second of our Saboteur Awards (which marked, not coincidentally, our second birthday). At the head of an impressive field was the New York-based magazine Armchair/Shotgun, praised variously as ‘obscure, powerful and entertaining’ and ‘a…

Unthology #3

-Reviewed by Charlotte Barnes- Unthology 3, the third short story anthology to be released in this series by Unthank Books, is kicked into gear with an introduction that claims, “In these uncertain, frightening and recessionary times… it’s only natural to want to switch off the daily terror and hide in a warm fantasy.” The statement immediately…

Review: Brand New Ancients – Kate Tempest

19/09/12 @ The BAC – Reviewed by Dana Bubulj – What is Brand New Ancients? It is a modern poetic epic, written and performed by Kate Tempest (performed with backing musicians),  that follows the lives of several young people as they grow up, their paths crossing occasionally within a tight and heart-breakingly human narrative. The band, whose…

An Interview with the Editors of ‘Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot’. Part 2.

  -In Virtual Conversation with Claire Trévien- A three way interview with the editors of the print and ebook anthology Catechism: Poem for Pussy Riot: Sophie Mayer, Sarah Crewe and Mark Burnhope. The poems, were translated into Russian in collaboration with PEN and sent to the band. All funds raised by the anthology go towards Pussy Riot’s legal fund and PEN’s Writers…