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Saboteur Awards: Best Anthology

This month, we will showcase each of the works shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards by category. Next up: anthologies! If you’d like to have your say in the awards, don’t forget to vote! The Charnel House, ed. by Tom de Freston (Bridgedoor Press) To be shortlisted alongside such impressive work is a testament to the poets…

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Boscombe Revolution #3

– Reviewed by Jennifer Edgecombe – Issue 3 of Boscombe Revolution is a collection of 21 poems and prose, by 17 authors, on the following themes: *work which interprets ‘revolution’ from a women’s / feminist  perspective *work from Black women and other Women of Colour *work from poets and writers of all genders, sexual orientations   and dis…

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Refracted Light: 20 Poets Respond to Jackson Mac Low’s Light Poems ed. by James Wilkes

– Reviewed by Ryan Ormonde – Refracted Light is a mini-anthology providing a multi-site response by 20 poets to Light Poems by Jackson Mac Low, ‘a layered process of creativity that extended over more than two decades’. A couple of responses, in line with Mac Low’s ‘diastic’ grid-tool for generating poems, develop a transparent or pseudo-transparent process of encoding…

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Campaign In Poetry ed. by Rachel Piercey & Emma Wright

– Reviewed by Sohini Basak – Strikingly, the poems in Campaign in Poetry are as much about contesting lack of concern about democracy as about the people, the individuals who are the units of the democracy. I will start with a poem on the centrefold, Rachel Long’s ‘Aunty’, which depicts what the most basic political scenario is often about: an encounter with…

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Armchair/Shotgun #5

-Reviewed by Rory O’Sullivan- If, like me, you’ve always wondered what literature’s answer to The Voice would look like, then I think I’ve finally found it. Ever since the first issue was released in 2011, the bookworms at literary journal Armchair/Shotgun have been giving grassroots writing a chance on stage, as it were. Anyone who…

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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…