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The Germ #1 and #2 (ed. Jonny Bruce)

 -Reviewed by Billy Mills- The original Germ was an organ of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Subtitled ‘Thoughts towards Nature in Poetry, Literature and Art’, the journal featured poetry by the Rossettis and others, as well as essays on art and writing by members and friends of the Brotherhood. The first issue appeared in 1850 but the…

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The Black Light Engine Room #8

-Reviewed by Alex Campbell- In line with the delightfully Gothic cover, there is a darkness that runs through this collection; by turns weird, creepy, bleak and hopeful, there is an undeniable strength of feeling in The Black Light Engine Room. Being from Newcastle myself, this Middlesbrough magazine strikes a chord with me, and I feel…

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The Golden Key #2: Old Things

-Reviewed by Nick Murray- “That’s like the time – I know this guy – and this one time…” It’s a line we all knew so well to expect around the dinner table, or at the pub, or halfway through a film. Tom is that friend of mine (that friend that we all have in one…

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Lighthouse #3 (Autumn 2013)

 -Reviewed by Hayden Westfield-Bell- Worldly. That adjective seems to fit Lighthouse #3 (Autumn 2013) best; the short stories, essays and poems contained within are fit-to-burst with cultural content from foreign lands. We begin close to home – the USA/UK – then travel to warmer climates – Spain, Guayaquil – and emerge in The Hague, then…

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The Bastille #2 (Summer 2013)

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- The Bastille is an independent literary magazine published by the non-profit organization, Spoken Word, in Paris.  This journal gives us more than a ‘vertical understanding of poetry’, as Heaney put it. Here we have tripwire imaginations letting loose on the page, doodles and caricatures, gravity-free, tipsy, somersaulting poems. There’s diversity too…

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Poems in Which #4

 -Reviewed by Cecilia Bennett- While many journals choose a specific theme for each issue and attempt to create a sense of continuity through their selection, Poems In Which takes a different approach: Amy Key and Nia Davies, the creators and editors of the journal, stipulate that submitted poems should have a title beginning ‘Poem in…

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Belleville Park Pages #6 and 7

-Reviewed by Judi Sutherland- What is this that has come through my letterbox? Little cellophane packets, the size and shape of a packet of flower seeds. Inside, not seeds, but poetry. Each of the Belleville Park Pages unfolds to a creamy, A3 size sheet covered on both sides with new poems. According to the editors, James Bird and…

Rising #58 and Poetry Weekly #1

-Reviewed by Jennifer Edgecombe- Poetry Weekly and Rising are two A5 poetry magazines. They look very similar with respect to form and content, but soon begin to differ. Cult magazine Rising is on issue 58 having been first published in 1993 whereas Poetry Weekly launched its first issue in April 2013. Poetry Weekly is, as…

Missing Slate #8 (Winter 2013)

-Reviewed by J.S.Watts- I had better begin by stating, for the record, that I am a traditionalist when it comes to reading. By this I mean that I am old fashioned/ don’t own a Kindle (or any other portable electronic reading device – I am conscious that other makes/ brands/ lifestyle choices are also available). I…