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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…

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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…