Books

The Forward Book of Poetry 2014

-Reviewed by Rosie Breese- Any anthology claiming, as The Forward Book of Poetry does, to provide readers with ‘a strong sense of the variety, vitality and wit present in poetry today’ has given itself a tall order to fill. Can a panel of five judges really distil a fair selection of what’s current, interesting and…

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The Charnel House by Tom de Freston et al.

 -Reviewed by Hayden Westfield-Bell- The Charnel House is difficult to describe; Freston himself categorises it as a kind of ‘poetic graphic novel’, but I would argue that this description is too limiting – the ‘novel’ resists traditional reading methods, produces and challenges internal textual and illustrative relationships, and places a heavy emphasis on tone and…

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The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry by Adam Wyeth

 -Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope- Adam Wyeth’s The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry is a useful and intriguing introduction to both subjects mentioned in the title. The book is composed of a series of tightly-written essays that use close readings and the author’s encyclopaedic knowledge of Irish mythology to…

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The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume (ed. by Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby)

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien- The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume, edited by Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby, is the first of a series of trade paperback anthologies to be published by the Literary House Press, the literary arm of The Rose O’Neill Literary House based in Washington College. ‘Anthology’ etymologically means…

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Unthology #5

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- The biannual Unthology collections of short stories published by Norwich-based Unthank Books deliberately allow a wide range of stories to ‘rub up against one another’. In Unthology 5 the results are sometimes startling as the reader moves, say, from the gentle restraint of Home Counties relationships in John D Rutter’s ’79…

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I LOVE ROSES WHEN THEY’RE PAST THEIR BEST ed. by Harry Burke

-Reviewed by Rosie Breese- This bold and beautiful anthology from Test Centre is refreshing in every possible way. For one thing, although the list of poets on the back reads like a roll-call of the achingly cool and arty, this is absolutely not another collection grouped arbitrarily around demographics (‘hot young things of poetry today’,…

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Unthology #4

-Reviewed by Nick Murray- Gordan Ramsey. Heston Blumenthal. Nigella Lawson. Raymond Blanc. Jamie Oliver. Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall. All incredibly renowned chefs in their own right. Capable of feats of culinary wizardry. Though if they were to all team up it would be a disaster. You see where this is going, I’m sure. The problem with too…