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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…

Unthology 5

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’,…

Unthology 4 by Unthank Books

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…

The Art of Nottingham University anthology

The ‘Art of Nottingham

-Reviewed by Adrian Slatcher- It used to be only UEA who anthologised its creative writing students, but the explosion in undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses, as well as the increased availability of affordable professional printing technologies, means that most faculties will at some point offer their students a chance to have a first taste of…

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A Poetic Primer for Love and Seduction: Naso was my Tutor

-Reviewed by Angelina Ayers- The Emma Press, founded in 2012, is “dedicated to producing books which are sweet, funny and beautiful”.  The Poetic Primer, inspired by Ovid’s Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris, follows on the heels of their Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse.  The Primer has 15 contributors, 21 poems, and is divided into two…