Tag Archives: Claire Trévien

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Best Friends Forever (ed. by Amy Key)

-Reviewed by Fiona Moore– Emma Press anthologies – charming, quirky, heartfelt – are becoming part of the poetry landscape.  Best Friends Forever celebrates female friendship.  Editor Amy Key says she found that most people’s favourite friendship poems were male, with themes such as brotherhood, war and intellectual rivalry.  So an imbalance is being redressed: I…

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Missing the Moon by Bin Ramke

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien– The section titles in Bin Ramke’s twelfth collection Missing the Moon are stories in themselves: ‘The Inconceivable’, ‘Phases of the Earth’, and the especially delectable ‘Pronouncing the Asterisk’ which makes you want to roll the symbol around your tongue to get a sense of its weft. Titles of individual poems are…

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Poetry Round-Up 2014

-by Claire Trévien- It’s been a busy year for published poetry over at Sabotage Reviews, we’ve reviewed in the last year around 124 poetry titles, including anthologies, pamphlets, collections, and magazines. This increase in activity is all due to our wonderful reviewers, which includes regulars who’ve been writing for us for a few years now…

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The Ringmaster’s Apprentice by Oz Hardwick

A Tripadvisor-style review In August we inaugurated our first Tripadvisor-style review with a six-handed review of John Clegg’s pamphlet. The form is back with a review of Oz Hardwick’s The Ringmaster’s Apprentice by Claire Trévien. Appearance ***** Oz Hardwick’s The Ringmaster’s Apprentice is an undoubtedly handsome collection. The cover image, taken by the poet, depicts the…

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Interview with Lysiane Rakotoson

–with Claire Trévien- Pour une version française de l’entretien, voir ci-dessous. Claire Trévien You might only be 26 years old but you are among the rising stars of poetry in France with a well-received first collection, published by Cheyne, which won the prestigious Prix de la Vocation in 2010. What made you choose the slightly…

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Lunar Poetry #1

-Reviewed by Zara Raab– Lunar Poetry earns its name in this first issue, full of tunes and nonsense, word play and wit (right down to the names of the poets), weddings gone awry and stanzas sent topsy-turvy. Lesley Burt’s “Turning the Picnic Tables” recreates in four tercets Manet’s famous painting (Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe) with…

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The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume (ed. by Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby)

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien– The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume, edited by Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby, is the first of a series of trade paperback anthologies to be published by the Literary House Press, the literary arm of The Rose O’Neill Literary House based in Washington College. ‘Anthology’ etymologically means…

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The Word Museum by Richard Moorhead

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien– Richard Moorhead has a reputation for being a poet with a taste for poetic sequences particularly well-suited to the pamphlet format. His first pamphlet, The Reluctant Vegetarian, was a sequence of poems presented as if they were dictionary entries, defining and redefining fruit and vegetable. His new endeavour, The Word Museum, upgrades…

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Rumpelstiltskin’s Price by Susanne Ehrhardt

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien– A wonderful line in Susanne Ehrhardt’s biography states that ‘she had been living with the English language for twenty years before the first poem arrived’. This is a relevant fact not because, as she writes later ‘the odd mistake / lead me creatively astray’, but because foreigness of place, of tongue,…