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Semblance by Sarer Scotthorne

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – In Semblance, Sarer Scotthorne presents poems on the discipline, internal strength and knowledge gained through training in martial arts. They appear in English alongside Albert Zhang’s Mandarin and Cantonese translations. Full marks to erbacce for doing this: my language skills don’t allow me to comment on the translations, but I…

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Tongues of Fire by Jane Burn

– Reviewed by Grant Tarbard – I first encountered Jane Burn as an illustrator: her wonderful artwork lit up the page and made the accompanying poems sing like a Swainson’s Thrush. Her artwork is very well known in the UK’s poetry community, for it is as beautiful as it is layered, but she is also a renowned writer who…

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Dissolve to: LA – Action Movie Poems by James Trevelyan

– Reviewed by Jenna Clake – In James Trevelyan’s DISSOLVE to: L.A., poems are voiced by the minor characters of 1980s and ’90s cult action films. Trevelyan gives space for the unheard to speak their minds, resulting in dynamic, confessional and angry poems. ‘Lloyd’ introduces some of the over-arching themes of the pamphlet: They gave me a…

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Communing by Ben Banyard

– Reviewed by Angela Topping – Communing is a beautifully produced, perfectly-bound pamphlet from Indigo Dreams, a publisher who is really striking out these days, with an ever-growing list of fine poets. Ben Banyard is the editor of Clear Poetry, a title which makes me think of mountain streams. I had a feeling I would like…

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Too Many Humans of New York by Abigail Welhouse

– Reviewed by Charlie Baylis – Abigail Welhouse is walking around New York in wet pants: It’s only 11:37 AM on Monday morning but already it’s been a day, a rainy day, a day running for the subway and barely catching it, a day panting with wet pants and arranging my umbrella [from ‘Report from…

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Elizabeth by Charlie Baylis

– Reviewed by David Clarke – Charlie Baylis’ first pamphlet collection, Elizabeth, is an intriguing confection. I should perhaps say that I volunteered to review this publication partly because I had witnessed a minor kerfuffle on social media about a review which Baylis had written of collections published by Nine Arches Press (my own publisher,…

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My Lover’s Birds by Diana Mitchener

– Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope – The poems in Diana Mitchener’s latest pamphlet, My Lover’s Birds, are at their best when they deal with the tension between brightly-recalled and forgotten details that compose the history of a life. The past is a story which we tell ourselves in an effort to make sense of our…

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The Beckoning Wild by Lucy Lepchani

– Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope – Lucy Lepchani’s pamphlet, The Beckoning Wild, attempts to balance social awareness with free-flowing rhythms and bright images. Sometimes, Lepchani hits the sweet-spot, creating a poem which moves (in every sense) without leaving the reader reeling with a blunt blow from the didactic hammer; sometimes, the results are less…

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Snowbird by Jessamine O Connor

– Reviewed by Grant Tarbard – Living by a lake in County Sligo, Ireland, Jessamine O Connor dips into an ink well of water and writes of the earth in these nineteen poems. Snowbird is her third chapbook, after Hellsteeth and A Skyful of Kites. With its beautiful mandala dandelion cover, designed by Gavin Porter, just what is a snowbird?…