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The Black Light Engine Room #8

-Reviewed by Alex Campbell- In line with the delightfully Gothic cover, there is a darkness that runs through this collection; by turns weird, creepy, bleak and hopeful, there is an undeniable strength of feeling in The Black Light Engine Room. Being from Newcastle myself, this Middlesbrough magazine strikes a chord with me, and I feel…

‘Planet-Shaped Horse’ by Luke Kennard

-reviewed by Alex Campbell- “Client danger to self, others. Client already sees self as ‘author’. Having book out only exacerbates aberration. And for what? Does book even sell? Editor hangs up.” (Case Notes) Last month I was fortunate enough to catch a reading from Luke Kennard at a writers’ soiree at Warwick university, where, amongst…

Different Chemistry / Guage by Rupert M. Loydell

-Reviewed by Alex Campbell- Poetry is not visual art. They certainly share many properties, but the bare presentation of a scene, without judgement or even elucidation is not one of them. Visual art is balder, more all-at-once than poetry, which of necessity must be sequential. We watch the individual poetical brush-strokes as they happen before…

‘Escaping the Cage’ by Kate Scott

-Reviewed by Alex Campbell- You have to wonder what cage Kate Scott is escaping from with her new collection of poems from HappenStance, since what the poetry seems to demonstrate most of all is a kind of lyrical freedom that banishes all sense of contrivance or pretension. The poem which bears the collection’s title, ‘Escaping…