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Bare Fiction Magazine #2

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- Bare Fiction is a literary magazine available in print and digital formats, but the magazine is only one part of what Bare Fiction represents. Its founding and managing editor, Robert Harper, is an actor and a producer and director of theatre and TV as well as a poet, and these preoccupations…

‘XZ #1 Noir: Singing the Necessaries’

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- XZ is a new online fiction project from Annexe, whose aim is ‘to dissect various genres of writing, film and drama by reconstructing them from the ground up’. This first issue looks at the genre of noir, featuring a six-part collaboration between Eley Williams, John Boursnell, Akiho Schilz, Komal Verma, Jack…

Top Website for Self-Publishers Award

-We interrupt the usual broadcast with Claire Trévien- We were delighted to find out today that Sabotage Reviews was nominated by members of The Alliance for Independent Authors for their Top Website for Self-Publishers Award. Here is the shiny badge they gave us for it: Also nominated and worth a look were: World Literary Café http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/ Lindsay www.lindsayburoker.com…

‘Fleeting Magazine’

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- ‘We like daring, lucid, erudite, amusing and infectious writing,’ writes the editor of the online fleeting magazine, Matt Shoard, a Kent University creative writing lecturer. There’s also an endorsement by one critic: ‘Some of the most stylish and provocative new writing online’, so I delve further. The first thing to strike me…

Literary Bohemian #14

-Reviewed by Harry Giles- Literary Bohemian is a lavishly produced webzine, dedicated to ‘travel-inspired writing that transports the reader, non-stop, to Elsewhere’. Its homepage splash is a carefully designed collage of faux-retro travel iconography: luggage tags, postcards, coins and coffee in the hippest of sepia tones. There’s a full and well-organised archive of 14 issues,…

Antiphon #1

-Reviewed by John McGhee- House lights darken. A baton taps. Rows in black tie. Opening night. The editorial in Antiphon’s premiere issue draws parallels between poetry and classical music: the role in each of pitch and patterns, the flow of sound and the unexpected. So perhaps it follows naturally to find Antiphon’s poems structured as…

Neon #28

-Reviewed by Barry Tench- Sometimes you can look and look and then you have to really look; then you might see the light, even if it is the faint light of a Neon sign creeping across a hotel bedroom. You might listen in the dark, you might listen closely and perhaps you might make out…

ILK #1

-Reviewed by John McGhee – The Canadian experimental poet Christian Bök, in his ‘fantasy about the badass-ness of poetry’ The Extremophile, likens poetry to an indestructible bacterium: ‘It feeds on asbestos… It grows in lagoons of boiling asphalt…  It can withstand temperatures of 323 degrees Kelvin, hot enough to melt rubidium… It is invincible.  It…

Paper Darts

-Reviewed by Roy Marmelstein- Paper Darts is a strange but ambitious beast. Based in Minneapolis, it’s a beautifully-illustrated but sometimes difficult to browse website that sets out to showcase exciting art, poetry, music and prose. Now, the problem with this sort of thing is that the qualities of the different arts aren’t really the same. What makes a…