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FARMFORM by Harry Giles

– Reviewed by Owen Vince – I’m going to admit up front that farmform has been sitting on my desk, and then my shelf, and then on my shelf behind a Nick Cave CD, for several months. It has been the review I put off, because – sometimes – life intervenes. And then again, sometimes, the…

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Tonttukirkko by Gary Budden

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet– Tonttukirkko is a pamphlet that shows its vision of the world in fractured dots and letters; almost like a Yayoi Kusama painting. Gary Budden uses a splintered image, one which is hard to make out as the pixels within it have been made huge and unwieldy. Even though it is a…

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Elbow Room #3 & #4

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey– An ongoing, sexy trend in the arts is collaborations, both live and on the page, or wall, or screen. Launched in 2012, Elbow Room curates art journals and live events as platforms for collaborations between artists. One of their specialty publications is a slim, hand-bound pamphlet that pairs the visual with…

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Marrow by Sabne Raznik

 -Reviewed by Matthew Halliday– Marrow is a mini-pamphlet dedicated to the memory of the author’s nephew from cancer, and other children who suffer from the disease. It is composed of three poems: “Mrs Albuninah” is a relatively long piece, and there are two shorter ones at the end: “Memory Fractured” and “Marrow”. Although it is…

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She Must by Rosie Sherwood

-Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope– She Must, by Rosie Sherwood, is a very brief, barely illustrated narrative ostensibly based on the comic book format that describes a woman ‘who might or might not be time itself’. That quote is from the website, by the way. There is nothing so clear in the book. The book…

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Tempo Maps by Daniel Hales

-Reviewed by Cathy Dreyer– At the beginning of Tempo Maps [Ixnay Press] Daniel Hales helpfully quotes a stanza from Emily Dickinson’s I think I was enchanted, confirming my suspicion that he is, here, preoccupied with the music of his everyday life. The text is a mixture of free verse and prose poetry. The pamphlet has…

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Box[Ed.] #1

-Reviewed by Cathy Dreyer– Box[Ed.], a new magazine from a group of MA students at Kent University’s School of English, arrived in a buff-coloured box, its contents huddled together like a pile of leaves in an Autumn garden. I felt quite protective of this small assortment, as if I ought to guard it from the…

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TEMPLE by Kristen Case

-Reviewed by Rebecca Tamás–   The first thing you notice on picking up Kristen Case’s chapbook TEMPLE is the beauty of its presentation. Produced by MIEL books, a small publisher based in Belgium, the chapbook is hand-bound and hand-printed in thick cream card, somehow delicate and substantial at the same time. This is not however…

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Poetry Bingo by Maria Taylor

-Reviewed by Harry Giles–   Poetry Bingo is, most obviously, a game. Each of Maria Taylor’s four cards features a traditional 7×4 grid with 16 carefully-selected poetic moves – from thousand-dollar words (“shards”, “breast”) to formatting conceits (“strike-through”, “…”), from structural ploys (“very long clever title”, “stirring epigraph”) to hard-to-find absurdities (“wolf-love”, “custard”). Taylor imagines…

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Heart Archives by Sue Rose

 -Reviewed by Lavinia Singer- The vessel for my remains will be those who carry part of me in their histories. – from ‘D25072049’   A vessel too will be this exquisitely crafted “family momento in a book” – the latest from small but mighty Hercules Editions, which specialises in collaborations between contemporary writers and artists. As is…