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The Density of Salt by Kate Garrett

– Reviewed by Grant Tarbard – Kate Garrett, born in Ohio, has lived most of her adult life as a bona fide Sheffield person. Her mythological and folkloric Three Drops from a Cauldron makes the gold standard of poetry ezines, and this is her base point for her own poetry: she sees fairy tales in yoga mats, myths in loneliness, and…

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Alchemy by Abi Palmer

– Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope – [Photograph of the work by Matt Widgery] Abi Palmer’s Alchemy was the winner of this year’s Saboteur Awards’ ‘Wildcard’ category – and with good reason. Though this project is better described as a poetry experience than any sort of collection (there are only four poems included and they…

Filled with Ghosts Karen Little

Filled With Ghosts by Karen Little

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet– Karen Little writes characters with a surface oddness. Whether they are floridly psychotic or merely displaying a level of everyday delusions and compulsions of creativity; they are all unusual and unique. As the book goes on it becomes easier to absorb the deeper psychological movements that the characters have as well…

Children's Children Jan Carson

Children’s Children by Jan Carson

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson– Two of the short stories in Jan Carson’s collection Children’s Children serve as handy examples of the two different styles at work in the book as a whole. On the one hand, there’s ‘How They Were Sitting When Their Wings Fell Off’, the story of two shared lives interrupted by…

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Saboteur Awards – The Results!

After over a 4000 votes, these are our winner! Scroll down for a break-down of each category, including runner ups. Saboteur Awards Winners 2016 Best Collaborative Work: Fool’s World – A Tarot by Tom de Freston and Helen Ivory Best Anthology: Being Dad: Short Stories about Fatherhood (Tangent Books) Best Spoken Word Performer: Emily Harrison Best Poetry Pamphlet: Border…

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Deerhart by Yvonne Reddick

– Reviewed by Grant Tarbard – I am writing this review in the corpse of the night, so let’s rip through it: Yvonne Reddick’s recent research focuses on British environmental poetry, working on a book-length study of Ted Hughes from an environmental perspective. Deerhart is filled to the gills with rock pools, life in miniature, rutting stags, and the…