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Impossible Things: Creative Future Literary Winners

– Reviewed by Grant Tarbard – Impossible Things is an anthology featuring the twelve award winning entries in the 2015 Creative Future Literary Awards. A happy marriage between Kingston University Press and Myriad Editions, this is an interesting read, with works from Catherine Edmunds, Alexi Francis, Des Mannay, Sanya Semakula, Jackie Hagan, Moray Sanders, Suna Akiah, Oliver…

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A Galaxy of Starfish: An Anthology of Modern Surrealism ed. by Sophie Essex

– Reviewed by Jenna Clake – In her introduction to A Galaxy of Starfish, editor Sophie Essex states: ‘Whilst our definitions of surrealism vary they are glorious in their fluidity, are movement of ideas & passion, are valid in every interpretation.’ It’s true: this anthology showcases a varied approach, thereby proving that Modern Surrealism has…

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Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics ed. by Chrissy Williams & Tom Humberstone

– Reviewed by Steve Nash – Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics achieves precisely what it says on its aesthetically pleasing jacket – which is not easy, considering the diversity of the field. Sometimes introductions attempt the theoretical primer approach; others prefer a potted history; occasionally the anthology lets the art speak for itself. In Over the…

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Hunger ed. by Georgina Wilding

– Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope – Georgina Wilding, the editor of Hunger, opens this anthology by rhetorically asking “but really, does hunger not cover the base of all human intent?”. Odd syntax aside, this sentence indicates that she intends to cover a wide swathe of human experiences over the fifty-four pages which follow her…

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The Ascent of Feminist Poetry by Charles Bane Jr

– Reviewed by Charlie Baylis – In The Ascent of Feminist Poetry Charles Bane Jr. presents a spirited argument that we are living in a golden age of feminist poetry, a golden age that has gone under the radar as “Americans no longer read contemporary poetry” (we can safely substitute Americans for the whole world).…