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This Is Not A Love Thing by Victoria Bean

-Reviewed by Jennifer Edgecombe- This Is Not A Love Thing by Victoria Bean is a book that contains a six verse poem based on William Hogarth’s The Harlot’s Progress, the story of a young girl arriving in London and her life as a prostitute in 18th Century London. On receiving my package, I was presented…

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Sea-Creatures by Sarah Hymas

-Reviewed by Angela Topping- This small hand-stitched rectangular pamphlet is a delightful blending of design and poetry, which work together perfectly. I was not surprised to learn from Hymas’ blog that these poems were begun under the tutorship of David Morley and Deryn Rees-Jones, two poets I admire greatly. Not because Hymas writes like they do,…

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Semblance by Chris Pusateri

    -Reviewed by David Clarke- This is a recording of a spontaneous, spoken review of Semblance (Dusie Press, 2013) by Chris Pusateri (chris.pusateri@hotmail.com). These thoughts could have been developed into a more coherent (and hopefully more elegant) written review, but are presented here to give a sense of how the reviewing process works, at least in my…

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Albion by Stephen Emmerson

-Reviewed by Paul McMenemy-   Albion is the product of an artwork installed by Stephen Emmerson in Inland Studios, South London over two days in August 2012. Five typewriters were arrayed at the points of a pentagram drawn in the middle of the gallery floor, with names from the Blakean mythopoeia written in front of…

‘Anytime Return’ by Tom Wingfield

-Reviewed by Charlotte Barnes- It seems a fair assessment that with the ever-growing levels of multi-cultural inhabitants that are housed by the United Kingdom, conflict amongst UK cultures is, some would argue inevitably, also seeing an increase. Years of immigration and integration have effectively blurred the lines surrounding the question of what cultural groups, or…

Saboteur Awards 2013

Your Pick of this Year’s Best Indie Lit! Nominations are now closed, you can view the shortlist and vote for the winners here. Buy your tickets here. Once a year, to mark our birthday, we at Sabotage like to give out some awards to the publications we’ve most enjoyed during the year. In the past this…

‘I Wrote This For You’ by Iain Thomas & Jon Ellis

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- The digital age has seen the emergence of sites like Frank Warren’s PostSecret (2005) and Iain Thomas’s I Wrote This For You (2007) that have acquired loyal online followings. PostSecret made the leap from digital to print within a year of the site’s founding, and the book series now consists of…

‘Living Room Stories’ by Andy Harrod

-Reviewed by Rory O’Sullivan- Living Rooms Stories is the literary sister of a set of instrumental tracks by Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds (Living Room Songs), for which he recorded a piece a day for seven days in his Reykjavik apartment. Andy Harrod’s literary counterpart comprises of short stories, each influenced by one of Arnalds’ compositions,…

‘Zimzalla Object 005′ by Derek Beaulieu

-Reviewed by Suzannah Evans- Derek Beaulieu has stated himself that ‘there is still no accepted critical vocabulary for concrete poetry‘, and I can agree with this; reviewing his work presents some challenges. He is the editor of the visual poetry section of UBUWEB and the author of five poetry collections, three volumes of fiction and…