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The Devil’s Tattoo by Brett Evans

– Reviewed by Stephen Payne – I am a Facebook friend of Brett Evans, as well as his publishers, so that in the time I’ve been reading The Devil’s Tattoo, I have learned about other reviews, and have been unable to resist looking. The reviews are strikingly positive and consistent: this is a very well-received…

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Three Dragon Day by David Tait

– Reviewed by Jennifer Wong – In remarkably original and lyrical language, David Tait’s Three Dragon Day reveals customs and social inequalities in contemporary China from the perspective of someone who is at once an outsider and a participant. Tait possesses a wonderful ability to articulate with candour and precision. His poetic sensibility reflects on meanings and language,…

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Where You Start From by Lindy Barbour

– Reviewed by Anthony Costello – Lindy Barbour’s Where You Start From is an enchanting book. From the first poem ‘First, the Garden. November 1956′ where “sunlight on your walls threw sharp / shadow branches of apple trees, plums, espaliered pears” to the last ‘Lost House’ where “sun streamed / down from the sloping garden…

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Bad Baby by Abigail Welhouse

– Reviewed by Becky Varley–Winter – With its pink cover and skull-&-crossbones, Abigail Welhouse’s Bad Baby announces itself as a bold splash of colour. The opening poem is not, for me, the strongest representation of her work as a whole, which is more subtle: babies aren’t usually thought of as ‘bad’, but this baby is, geddit? This baby “will…

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CUTS by Rosie Miles

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – Rosie Miles’ CUTS are multifaceted and not confined to physical cuts. In the opening poem, “Every Saturday Morning” the butcher, Dave, mimics customers for the benefit of a seventeen-year-old student working on Saturdays: Dave would find me swilling out beneath the fluorescent lights, and he’d always ask what was I going…

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Ten Poems About Aunts ed. by Anne Harvey, & Ten Bedtime Poems (vol. 1), ed. by William Boyd

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – Part of Candlestick Press’ Ten Poems… pamphlet series, Ten Poems about Aunts looks to counteract the bad press writers such as P. G. Wodehouse and Richmal Crompton have given aunts. Christine Webb’s “Aunt Em” “ruled / the kitchen and family with loving / labour and sharp-eyed reproof,” a tough but kindly family…

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When Love Came To The Cartoon Kid by Siegfried Baber

– Reviewed by David Clarke – On the flyleaf of Siegfried Baber’s debut poetry pamphlet, When Love Came to the Cartoon Kid, Martin Malone describes Baber as ‘an Armitage for Generation Tweet’. There is certainly much Armitage-ness to be had in this brief selection of thirteen poems: not only does Baber’s title gesture towards two volumes…

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Winter Windows by Shana Youngdahl

– Reviewed by Caroline M Davies – Shana Youngdahl’s Winter Windows  is a twenty-one page pamphlet containing two linked poems: ‘Winter’ and ‘Windows’. In these poems, Youngdahl uses delicate, precise language to explore the fears and dilemmas of becoming and being a parent. She opens with an apocalyptic vision of what is happening to bats across America: The bats are dying.…