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The Muddy Banks by Michael S. Begnal

– Reviewed by Peter O’Neill – There is a wonderful similitude at work in Michael S. Begnal’s The Muddy Banks, between the structure of the Point Bridge in the poem ‘1877 Point Bridge’, which opens this chapbook, and the formal composition of the poem, which is divided into three parts, each one made up of five…

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Spoken Word London – 27/01/16

– reviewed by Betsy Porritt – Spoken Word London – a truly diverse evening… There’s something exciting about the nights hosted by Spoken Word London. They are just the same format as so many others, twenty lots of five-minute slots filled on a first come first served basis, a reserve list adhering to the same…

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Saboteur Awards: Best Spoken Word Performer

This month, we will showcase each of the works shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards by category. Next up: best spoken word performers! If you’d like to have your say in the awards, don’t forget to vote! Stu Freestone “To be included in the shortlist for Best Spoken Word Performer 2015, genuinely left me in a complete…

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The Month In Which We Are Born by Danielle Susi

-Reviewed by Nicole Rollender– Danielle Susi’s 12-poem chapbook, The Month In Which We Are Born, pays careful attention to the physical and immaterial trails we leave behind – “footprints and fingerprint fossils left in dust.” There’s an echoing concern throughout the poems – will we be recognized in the traces we’ve left, if they’re altered?…

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The Germ #1 and #2 (ed. Jonny Bruce)

 -Reviewed by Billy Mills– The original Germ was an organ of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Subtitled ‘Thoughts towards Nature in Poetry, Literature and Art’, the journal featured poetry by the Rossettis and others, as well as essays on art and writing by members and friends of the Brotherhood. The first issue appeared in 1850 but the…