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Nights in Mesogeios by Gabriel Moreno

-Reviewed by Owen Vince- Properly, the subject of Gabriel Moreno’s Nights in Mesogeois is song and the voice that sings. It is a lyric poetry that grounds itself like an electric current in a poetry of celebration as well as mourning. Each of this pamphlet’s six poems offers a heady, bristling language to deliver its…

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This is Not a Sky by Jessica Piazza

-Reviewed by Steve Nash- Jessica Piazza’s chapbook This is Not a Sky is a collection of ekphrastic works with each poem addressing a different classic work of art.  The volume begins with a musical tour of Van Gogh’s ‘Café Terrace at Night’.  The speaker beautifully articulates the scene whilst playfully interjecting: (It’s Venice. Or Paris.…

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Fox Boy by Ruth Stacey

-Reviewed by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave- Foxes proliferate and fascinate throughout literature, from Reynard and kitsunetsuki, to Sarah Hall’s Mrs Fox. Their representations throughout history twin the wild and the clever, the urban and the urbane, offering a rich backdrop for Ruth Stacey’s second pamphlet. In Fox Boy, we are presented with this familiar struggle with wildness,…

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Entomology by Helen Clare

-Reviewed by Jessica Traynor- In Entomology, Helen Clare uses a sonnet sequence on insects as a lens through which to explore love, history, broken relationships and the pleasures and dangers of courtship. In these engaging poems, the insects the poet has spent her life observing become an intriguing microcosm for humanity as a whole. Although…

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The Naming of Cancer by Tracey S Rosenberg

-Reviewed by Fiona Sinclair- The title and acknowledgements to this collection suggest a sequence of poems following the treatment and aftermath of a cancer diagnosis. This in itself may appear depressing even off putting and indeed it contains some uncompromising poems about the realities of the disease including its effects not just on the patient…

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Myrtle by Ruth Wiggins

-Reviewed by Wynn Wheldon- I thought I was going to have trouble with this, what with the first poem being all right justified and containing words with spaces between their letters for no very obvious reason. But then I decided that since it was called ‘Against Perspective’ I’d chuckle instead. My fear was dispelled by…

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The Nightwork by Peter Kenny

-Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope- Mythology always provides a rich seam for writers to draw from, especially when they uncover mythic resonances in their everyday lives. When the myths rise up through the skin of the world, the everyday minutiae of life is revealed as what it is: powerful and interesting. When forging the useable,…

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Mine by Holly Corfield Carr

-Reviewed by Harry Giles- Finding ways to document live performance is a perennial problem for the performing arts: watching a video of a show is rarely enthralling, and photographs and scripts usually fail to capture the sense of intimate action. Often documentation is used purely for marketing purposes, missing the maxim that “How we talk…