Tag Archives: Afric McGlinchey

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Live With The Lump In Your Throat by Jodie Matthews

– Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey – ‘Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now,’ said Doris Lessing, ‘The conditions are always impossible.’ Jodie Matthews is a poet just out of her teens who has done just that, in Live With The Lump In Your Throat. Her appeal is immediacy. There’s a freshness to this chapbook, which…

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Saboteur Awards 2015: Best Anthologies, Pamphlets, Publishers and Reviewers

– In which Becky Varley–Winter sums up Best Anthologies, Poetry Pamphlets, Reviewers, and Publishers – Best Anthology Best Anthology was a dynamic, closely-fought category, with readers especially valuing anthologies that give space to fresh voices and break boundaries. Among the runners-up, Double Bill, ed. Andy Jackson (Red Squirrel Press) was praised for accessibility and variety, blending page…

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Saboteur Awards: Best Reviewer

This month, we will showcase each of the works shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards by category. Next up: best reviewer! If you’d like to have your say in the awards, don’t forget to vote! Dave Coates The nomination means the world to me. Writing online can sometimes feel like shouting into the void, but it’s great…

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Fred & Blossom by Michael Bartholomew-Biggs

– Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey – Fred & Blossom focuses on the glamorous real-life story of Fred (F.G. Miles, a Sussex laundryman’s son) and Blossom (Maxine Forbes-Robertson, the product of theatrical parents, later to become Lady Rantendone), who fell in love while Fred was teaching her how to fly. The poems form a collective narrative of…

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‘Literary Jury Duty’: Why Reviewing Matters.

Nominations for the next Saboteur Awards will open on 1st April. As we look towards them, here is what Afric McGlinchey, runner up in last year’s Best Reviewer Award, has to say about the award and reviewing poetry. I’m guessing that most reviewers are themselves poets. Many of us know that heart-in-mouth feeling of waiting…

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Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment by Minal Hajratwala

– Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey – Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment is published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, one of whose patrons is Carolyn Forché; Hajaratwala is also fortunate enough to have attended workshops by poets as diverse as Li-Young Lee and Kim Addonizio, among others. The book is many years in the making, and all the richer for it.…

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A Book of Rooms by Kobus Moolman

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey– The multi-award-winning South African poet Kobus Moolman begins his seventh poetry collection with a quotation by Georges Perec: Even if I have the help only of yellowing snapshots, a handful of eyewitness accounts and a few paltry documents to prop up my implausible memories, I have no alternative but to conjure…

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Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes by Kerrin McCadden

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey– ‘Make of my life a few wild stanzas.’ In the opening poem of this collection, a young girl asks a tattoo artist to inscribe these words on her back, along with the ‘ink blue flash’ of a barn swallow. Using conceit as her principal device, with recurring images throughout the collection, Kerrin…

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The Great Vowel Shift by Robin Houghton

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey– Robin Houghton’s chapbook, beautifully produced by Telltale Press, is an engaging collection of amuse-bouches, alternating droll, ‘slant’ narratives with subtle poignancy. Houghton’s preferred form is long-lined stanzas usually two or three lines in length, although there is pleasing variety. Her voice is clear and unaffected. The poems are accessible enough to…