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Caboodle by Karina Vidler, Gill McEvoy, Russell Jones, Kate Garrett, Angela Croft & Rafael Miguel Montes

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – Caboodle carries the weight of six poets’ craft, experience and skill, but that weight is countered by humour, and accurate, pinpointed observations. The poems lighten the burden by being honed of excess baggage, lifting themselves from the page to be read silently or aloud. It’s an easy book to read, although individual poems…

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Among Animals (ed. John Yunker)

-Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope- Ashland Creek Press’ Among Animals: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction is a complex anthology with an agenda that runs deeper than the themes explored in each individual story. The editor, John Yunker, makes his stance on the nature of the anthology clear in his introduction,…

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Unthology #6 (ed. Ashley Stokes & Robin Jones)

-Reviewed by Charlotte Barnes- Over recent years the Unthology collections, published by Unthank Books, have established themselves not only as a quality source of literary entertainment, but also as a beacon of promise for the short story genre. The collections, now published on a biannual basis, have frequently collected promising and flattering reviews, whilst reminding…

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Best Friends Forever (ed. by Amy Key)

-Reviewed by Fiona Moore- Emma Press anthologies – charming, quirky, heartfelt – are becoming part of the poetry landscape.  Best Friends Forever celebrates female friendship.  Editor Amy Key says she found that most people’s favourite friendship poems were male, with themes such as brotherhood, war and intellectual rivalry.  So an imbalance is being redressed: I…

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The Other Side of Sleep ed. Cherry Potts

-Reviewed by Cathy Dreyer- I wanted to like the Other Side of Sleep: Narrative Poems. I like the idea of breaking rules and so I was looking forward to this anthology, billed as ‘25 poems which break the rules —starting with the no-more-than-40-lines rule’. While many of the poems here did grow on me, I…

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Fugue (ed. Lucy Carroll)

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet- Fugue is a map of surreal experiences in a foreign world. Right from the immersive introduction we know we’re being led into something special. Something bizarre. Something Poetic. Yet at the same time we receive constant signposts that link the short stories to the real world. For example in the second…

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Ten: The New Wave, ed. by Karen McCarthy Woolf

-Reviewed by Sohini Basak- A poetry anthology titled Ten the New Wave may need a bit of a context for those not familiar with the trends of British poetry publishing and the lack of representation of poets of colour. The remedy was initiated by the writer Bernardine Evaristo in the Free Verse report commissioned by…