Tag Archives: Alex Campbell

‘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…

Sparkbright #4

-Reviewed by Alex Campbell- The cover art of Sparkbright issue 4 (courtesy of Julia Spiese) is quirky and imaginative – even if the combination of goldfish and lightbulb personally gives me a wholly false impression that this issue is going to be about the transitory nature of memory – and suggests that the magazine’s contents…